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  1. Library Resource
    Journal Articles & Books
    March, 2009
    Ethiopia

    The study was carried out in three highland woredas (districts) of Chilga, Dembia and Gondar Zuria in north Gondar Zone, Amhara Region, Ethiopia. These woredas were purposively selected because of their long experience in transhumance cattle production system. The objectives of the study were to characterize the transhumance cattle production system, identify the major constraints and forward appropriate developmental interventions for the future. Informal and formal surveys were employed to collect qualitative and quantitative data.

  2. Library Resource
    Journal Articles & Books
    June, 2009
    Ethiopia

    Transhumance, the seasonal movement of herds occurring between two points and following precise routes repeated each year, is practiced on a broad scale in the open field areas of Tigray (North Ethiopia). This article presents a characterization of the practice, factors that explain its magnitude, and recent changes. Eleven villages were selected randomly, semistructured interviews were conducted, and data on the sites were collected both in the field and from secondary sources.

  3. Library Resource
    Journal Articles & Books
    December, 2009
    Africa, Eastern Africa, Middle Africa

    Rainfed agriculture is and will remain the dominant source of staple food production for the majority of the rural poor in Eastern and Central Africa (ECA). It is clear that larger investments in agriculture by a broad range of stakeholders will be required if this sector is to meet the food

  4. Library Resource
    Manuals & Guidelines
    November, 2009
    Kenya, Eastern Africa

    This paper evaluates the effectiveness of a new index-based livestock insurance (IBLI)

    product designed to compensate for area average predicted livestock mortality loss in

    northern Kenya, where previous work has established the presence of poverty traps. We

    simulate household-specific wealth dynamics based on a model parameterized using rich

    panel and experimental data from the region. The simulations allow us to investigate

    patterns of willingness to pay for asset index insurance that is imperfectly correlated with

  5. Library Resource
    Reports & Research
    November, 2009
    Africa, Eastern Africa

    During the past 70 years, concerted efforts by the national veterinary services of affected countries from Senegal to China and Russia to South Africa—aided by international organizations—have brought the once-dreaded rinderpest virus to the point of extinction. In the near future, we can expect to see a global declaration of freedom from rinderpest, the first time this has been achieved for a livestock disease. The devastation wrought by rinderpest stimulated the founding of veterinary schools in many countries, and provided the basis for the development of the veterinary profession.

  6. Library Resource
    Reports & Research
    October, 2009
    Southern Asia, Southern Africa, Western Africa, Africa, Asia, Eastern Africa

    The purpose of this report is first to provide evidence of the role of livestock in rural livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Further, the report aims to identify opportunities for investments that build on that evidence and hold promise for improving and sustaining the livelihoods of smallholder livestock producers and their rural communities in developing countries. This analysis is presented in order to support the decision making of those public and private development investors, and policy makers, for whom improved rural livelihoods is a key objective.

  7. Library Resource
    Journal Articles & Books
    December, 2009
    Ethiopia, Africa, Eastern Africa

    Sheep have multiple roles in the livelihood of resource poor farmers as source of income, meat, skin, manure, strong wool or long hairy fleece, and as buffer resources during crop failures. These important services and products of the sheep production sub-sector justify comprehensive look into the way sheep are marketed, as the services and products are the quality attributes that characterize sheep as such. Nonetheless, very few studies have been conducted so far to identify the determinants of indigenous sheep prices and performance of the marketing system.

  8. Library Resource
    Journal Articles & Books
    April, 2009
    Ethiopia, Eastern Africa

    The study was conducted in Goma district of Jimma Zone of Ethiopia with objectives of generating baseline information and identifying challenges and opportunities of small ruminant production and marketing. Results are based on diagnostic survey of 160 sample households, group discussions, monitoring of 36 flocks and rapid appraisal of major sheep and goat markets. The study district was stratified into three groups based on flock distribution as: sheep dominating, goat dominating and mixed flock sites. The average land holding per household was 1.93 ha.

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