Revue d’élevage et de médecine vétérinaire des pays tropicaux
is an international scientific journal with peer review, hosted by the International Agricultural Research Center for Development (CIRAD).
In open access on the Internet since No 1-4, 2006, the journal publishes on a quarterly basis the results of original applied research articles and communications, and scientific reviews in the fields of animal health (infectious and parasitic diseases) and animal productions (animal feed and resources) in warm regions. Articles are published in French or in English.
The site http://remvt.cirad.fr provides free access to the totality of the articles published since the journal creation in 1947.
Year 2013, Vol. 66, No 2
Thematic issue on livestock in the Mediterranean Basin
This call for papers is to review the results of recent work on livestock changes in the Mediterranean Basin. Its aim is to reflect the current dynamics of production systems, subsectors, lands, and highlight the diversity of situations. The contributions will shed light on the political options available to decision makers and professional authorities confronted with the need for a sustainable development of feed systems and lands.
In Mediterranean countries, livestock holds a central place in rural areas, household economy, and in maintaining landscapes and farm activities. This is especially so with regard to livestock development in areas little suitable for crops because of their aridity or altitude. Livestock is also a major player in the development of rural areas irrigated by a crop-livestock integration process and because of its weight in the economy of rural households.
Given the population growth and increasing demand for animal protein in the region, livestock development is a major stake to offset the trade deficits of States in respect of animal products (especially milk and meat), while stimulating the sector, subsectors and export, and contributing to the national economy and employment. Breeding species adapted to arid environments holds a number of major advantages in the face of climate change marked by the desertification of the Saharan border, the depletion of natural resources, and the need for a rational management of water resources.
Livestock can thus play an essential part in the major societal challenges of the Mediterranean Basin, i.e. desertification control, poverty reduction in rural areas by improving existing systems, promoting food security in the most fragile areas, employment, and retaining people in marginal areas to limit migration.
This call for papers emphasizes the importance of livestock breeding for the well-being of populations, and especially ways to develop this activity with a view to innovation and sustainability. Since farming is a multifunctional activity (it contributes to animal production, as well as to building social and economic cohesion in marginal areas, and land management and development), the proposed articles should aim at enhancing livestock activities in the context of the Mediterranean Basin.
The specific objective of this call for papers is to describe, analyze and understand (i) the ways and concepts that help assess the innovation and sustainability of farming systems in the specific land context of Mediterranean countries, and (ii) the effects of complementarity/competition between countries and interactions between regions with complementary agricultural economies within countries. Papers should review the results of recent work on the dynamics and diversity of livestock systems, innovative techniques for livestock development, and interactions with the market and society.
Topic areas of interest include, but are not limited to: economics, sociology, geography, animal production systems, animal health and health economics (epidemiology, health constraints, risk of emergence, health policy), political science, history, anthropology.
Theme 1: Description and evolution of livestock systems in the Mediterranean Basin
The Mediterranean Basin is marked by a wide variety of systems (from the most extensive to the most intensive) and by ongoing dynamics. This theme aims at presenting the main developments visible at national or regional scale.
Theme 2: Livestock, and technical and organizational innovation
Technical and organizational innovation to enhance the balance between production, quality and consumer demand is a real factor in the development of production systems. This theme aims at providing some examples of technical innovation (e.g. feed, health, genetics) and the organization of actors who promoted the convergence between supply and demand.
Theme 3: Sustainability
Given environmental challenges, livestock development around the Mediterranean Basin must be geared to sustainability. This theme should therefore address the observations and analyses that underscore the impact of livestock activities on the economic, social and ecological environment. Health aspects (including their epidemiological and economic dimension) are also part of this theme.
Theme 4: Livestock, livestock sector, and land
The link between production systems, the animal production sector, and land development can be addressed through more integrative studies. This theme aims at highlighting livestock integration in the economic and territorial fabric of Mediterranean countries. The political options available to decision makers and professional authorities should be discussed at local, national or subregional level.
This thematic issue is coordinated by Bernard Faye in collaboration with Véronique Alary, Pascal Bonnet, Guillaume Duteurtre, Renaud Lancelot, Taher Sraïri, and Jean-François Tourrand.
The call will accept several categories of manuscripts: reviews that assess the state of the literature on the related topics, original research articles, or original communications that report more briefly on field experiments. The texts will be written in high standard French or English.
All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed. They should strictly adhere to the Instructions to Authors of the journal.
Interested persons should send their complete manuscripts in Word format before March 15, 2014 to: email@example.com.