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Livestock services and the poor

Ahuja, V. and Redmond, E. (2004) Livestock services and the poor. Tropical Animal Health and Production, 36 (3). pp. 247-268. ISSN 0049-4747

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1023/B:TROP.0000016831.75454.2c


This paper reviews the economic framework for the delivery of livestock services to the poor. It is argued that the demand for livestock products is likely to increase rapidly and the ability of the poor to participate in the opportunities presented by this growth is linked critically to the availability of good service support, both on the input and output side. Governments therefore have a responsibility to supply the necessary public goods (including the institutions and legal frameworks), and the market infrastructure for facilitating the emergence of efficient markets for livestock services. The paper further argues that the dynamics of public policy in developing countries are much more complex than the simple application of economic logic. It is the larger political economy that often dictates policy choices. It is therefore important to integrate political economy and governance issues into the economic debate on livestock service delivery. The paper also reviews the context in which the markets for livestock services will need to function. Different countries are facing very different sets of issues, and the identification of possible interventions in livestock service markets would require careful field research and analysis. In this context, the paper suggests the elements of a research agenda for the next few years.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
ID Code:8245
Uncontrolled Keywords:livestock services, market infrastructure, poverty, privatization, public goods, EXTENSION, QUALITY

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