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Regional Sustainability

Authors

Saheed Olaide Jimoh, a Grassland Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences/Key Laboratory of Grassland Ecology and Restoration, Ministry of Agriculture, Hohhot, 010010, China; b Department of Pasture and Range Management, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, 23439, Nigeria; c Agriculture Research Group, Organization of African Academic Doctors (O-AAD), Nairobi, 25305-00100, Kenya
Wenqiang Ding, d The Party School of the Communist Party of China, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region Party Committee, Ningxia Administration Institute, Yinchuan, 750021, China; e College of Pastoral Agricultural Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, 730020, China
Haibin Dong, f Grassland College, Shanxi Agricultural University, Taigu, 030801, China
Haihua Bai, a Grassland Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences/Key Laboratory of Grassland Ecology and Restoration, Ministry of Agriculture, Hohhot, 010010, China
Yanting Yin, a Grassland Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences/Key Laboratory of Grassland Ecology and Restoration, Ministry of Agriculture, Hohhot, 010010, China
Huihui Liu, e College of Pastoral Agricultural Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, 730020, China
Xiangyang Hou, f Grassland College, Shanxi Agricultural University, Taigu, 030801, ChinaFollow
Xiangyang Hou, f Grassland College, Shanxi Agricultural University, Taigu, 030801, ChinaFollow
Xiangyang Hou, f Grassland College, Shanxi Agricultural University, Taigu, 030801, ChinaFollow
Xiangyang Hou, f Grassland College, Shanxi Agricultural University, Taigu, 030801, ChinaFollow

Abstract

Recent researches have primarily focused on the relationship between livelihood strategies and livelihood capital, with few empirical studies on the sensitivity of livelihood strategies to livestock production and marketization in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China. This study used an income distribution approach to categorize livelihood strategies of the respondents (n = 394) into three types, i.e., herder livelihood strategy (LS1), petty-herder livelihood strategy (LS2), and non-herder livelihood strategy (LS3). Using the multinomial logistic regression model, we compared livestock production and marketization across the three livelihood strategies. Our findings showed that (1) livestock production and marketization tended to favor LS1; (2) an increase in the land asset (contracted and rented grassland) and off-take rate increased the probability of households choosing LS1; (3) stocking rate was higher for LS1; and (4) the higher critical market-related risks perceived by herders were animal price and hay and corn price. Moreover, higher livestock price acted as a deterrent to diversifying into other livelihood strategies (LS2 and LS3). Finally, this study advocates for policies that will promote the land transfer market, adopt modern techniques in animal husbandry, improve the medium for disseminating market information to herders, and provide incentives for long-term livelihood transformation.

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