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  • Wednesday, 09 August 2017 The XXI century mountains:sustainable management of mountainous areas based on animal traction
    According to the FAO, there are around 300 million working animals worldwide. They play a fundamental role in human livelihoods through their contribution to financial, human and social capital, supporting between 300 and 600 million people globally, particularly in poorer areas, where animal energy represents a huge and extremely important sustainable power resource.Yet its recognition remains neglected in many programs of cooperation to development, with animal traction being largely ignored by decision and policy makers and even by civil society at all levels, which compromises a real development of this technology as well as animal welfare. On the other hand, a collective ecological and economical consciousness and an increasing awareness of public opinion about the need to reduce the excessive industrialization and mechanization of agriculture and forestry has led some sectors of society to consider the (re)use of animal traction as a valid modern source of energy. Indeed, working animals optimally transform the consumed biomass in energy and natural fertilizer, which avoids soil degradation and contributes to a sustainable management of arable lands, forests and sensitive areas. The need to maintain biodiversity, reduce carbon emissions, encourage self-reliance and reduce consumption of resources also contributes to this trend.
  • Wednesday, 28 June 2017 Innovated retro: Cover cropping and horse traction to combat soil compaction and improve soil fertility
    The authors deal with the question whether two options for addressing soil compaction in agriculture could not be combined in order to have still better results: cover cropping and animal traction.
  • Saturday, 06 May 2017 Animal traction - potential and constraints
    Although animal traction would be well-suited to cover parts of farm power demand in sub-Saharian Africa, the use of draft animals has been limited in the region. The authors demonstrate why this is the case in Ghana.
  • Saturday, 01 April 2017 PferdeStark
  • Sunday, 12 March 2017 Electric assist horse-drawn vehicles in Switzerland
    Electric assist vehicles become more and more popular. The development of e-carriages is only at the beginning, but it could have a promising future, especially in mountainous regions like Switzerland.
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