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Posts with label 'Livelihood'
Nang Suwannaprateep (right) of Sakon Nakhon's Kok Klang village told us that she loves her pigs ‘like her own children. (Photo by Saowalak J./DAI)

As the USAID Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (USAID Mekong ARCC) project guided communities at sites in Lao PDR, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam through a participatory decision making process to identify adaptation activities, what became increasingly clear was the value of livestock to community livelihoods across the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB) and the vulnerabilities of those animals to the changing climate. Not only did communities rely on livestock as a means of immediate cash income, but also as financial security and household assets—water buffalo plow the rice fields, chickens lay protein rich eggs to sell and consume, and of course, pigs provide adorable piglets that can grow up to be breeders themselves or are sold at markets.

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