V Padmakumar

Padmakumar is a livestock specialist currently managing the TATA-ILRI Programme on “Enhancing Livelihoods Using Livestock Knowledge Systems” since May 2009. He did his first degree in Agriculture in India and higher studies in Tropical Animal Production and Health in the University of Edinburgh, UK. Prior to ILRI he had worked for Intercooperation /Swiss Development Cooperation as Senior Subject Matter Specialist (livestock-livelihood-environment). As Senior SMS, Padma provided conceptual and thematic inputs for programmes on livestock-based livelihoods and ecologically sustainable livestock production. Besides, as part of the global LEAD project, he had been instrumental in developing and backstopping an Advocacy Network and a LEAD Communication Platform, which has both electronic and non-electronic communication products and services. He was involved in developing a concept note on “Participatory livestock research” and another on “Payment for Environmental Services” (together with FAO) for implementing a pilot project in India with GEF funding. I have also contributed in developing a project on “Livestock water productivity” for implementation in the Indo Gangetic Plains. Prior to Intercooperation, Padmakumar worked as the Head of Feeds & Fodder section of North Kerala Dairy Project supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, where I have contributed in conceptualizing, designing and implementing technical inputs, extension and training programmes to benefit almost 2 lakh farmers.AREA OF EXPERTISE Feed/fodder resource management, dairy cooperative management, extension RESEARCH PROJECTS ILRI-TATA Project on "Enhancing Livelihoods Using Livestock Knowledge Systems"" RESEARCH INTERESTS • Smallholder production • Pastoral system • Livestock environment interaction RECENT PUBLICATIONS Chacko, C. T., Gopikrishna, Padmakumar, V., Shailendra Tiwari and Vidya Ramesh. 2008. Livestock in the changing landscape in India; its environmental, social and health consequences and responses. IC India working paper, Hyderabad, India. series 6 Padmakumar, V. 2008. Turn around livestock revolution to meet food security and safeguard natural resources. Indian Dairyman. India. Vol. 60, No. 3 Padmakumar, V. 2008. Livestock and climate change adaptation. IC India Knowledge Management Platform, Hyderabad, India. Article series 4 Padmakumar, V. 2007. Livestock-Livelihood-Environment: Policy context and challenges. Indian Dairyman. India. Vol. 59, No. 4 Padmakumar, V. 2006. Livestock boom. Down to Earth. India. Vol. 14, No. 19 Padmakumar, V. 1998. Farmers’ reliance on ethno veterinary practices to cope with common cattle ailments. Indigenous knowledge and development monitor. The Netherlands. Vol. 6, Issue 2 Padmakumar, V. 1996. Traditional knowledge and its application in veterinary medicine by livestock keepers in Kerala. MSc dissertation, Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh, UK PAPER Livestock in the emerging context of climate change: options for mitigation and adaptation PRESENTATION Livestock – Livelihood – Environment : The Policy Context and Challenges