International Symposium on
Drylands Ecology and Human Security
Impact of Drought on Livestock Productivity in Morocco
Department of Animal Production, National School of Agriculture, Meknes, Morocco
In Morocco since the 1980’s, drought has become more frequent and more severe that it is now a structural problem, affecting agriculture and national economy. This study was carried out to determine the impact of drought on livestock systems and their productivity in the central region of Morocco, called Saiss area. Data were collected from the local administration of the Ministry of Agriculture over a ten years period (1995-2004) and by investigating a sample of 225 breeders over two years. Data analysis brought out 3 drought indicators related to livestock.
Keywords: Drought, livestock systems, productivity, Morocco