The thrust of the MEKARN program has been the improvement of rural livelihoods through more efficient utilization of local resources and biomass with emphasis on the role of livestock in the farming system and recycling of organic waste through biodigesters. The aim has been to improve the overall use of local resources by considering livestock as fundamental components of environmentally friendly integrated farming systems. The goals have not been on maximizing yields of livestock products but rather how livestock can play a role in the more efficient use of local resources with special emphasis on their effects on the environment.