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Goats of Kagbeni

November 26, 2017
The Mustang District in Nepal is among the most susceptible to climate change due to its largely arid terrain, sparse population and agricultural reliance. Changes in rainfall and snowfall affects water availability, natural vegetation, and crop harvests. Less vegetation puts more pressure on villagers to stall-feed, meaning people and livestock compete for crops, or additional feed must be purchased. The result is less livestock, less income and heightened food insecurity.

To overcome this challenge, selecting crops and livestock that are nutritious as well as resilient to climate change can help. In Kagbeni – a village at an altitude of over 2,800m - most livestock are goats. Local breeds are adaptable, herded at high elevations for grazing. They provide meat (great in nutrition), dairy and wool as income and food security for the villagers.