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Peace, health or fortune? - Preferences for chicken traits in rural Benin

Faustin, Vidogbena, Adegbidi, Anselme Adeniyi, Garnett, Stephen T., Koudande, Delphin O., Agbo, Valentin and Zander, Kerstin K. (2010). Peace, health or fortune? - Preferences for chicken traits in rural Benin. Ecological Economics,69(9):1848-1857.

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Title Peace, health or fortune? - Preferences for chicken traits in rural Benin
Author Faustin, Vidogbena
Adegbidi, Anselme Adeniyi
Garnett, Stephen T.
Koudande, Delphin O.
Agbo, Valentin
Zander, Kerstin K.
Journal Name Ecological Economics
Publication Date 2010
Volume Number 69
Issue Number 9
ISSN 1873-6106   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-77955582753
Start Page 1848
End Page 1857
Total Pages 10
Place of Publication Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier B.V.
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Fifty-four percent of Benin's population in rural areas keep indigenous chickens for subsistence livelihoods. Despite the potential to alleviate poverty by improving indigenous chicken breeds, smallholders' participation in the implementation of breeding programmes is weak. Participation could be improved with greater understanding of the many functions of chickens to smallholders. The objectives of this study are (1) to evaluate chicken traits including market and non-market values, and (2) to assess factors that influence the conservation of indigenous breeds. Choice modelling, a multi-attribute preference elicitation technique, was applied across 300 households in two districts in Benin. The results revealed that many of the preferred traits are expressed in indigenous chickens, whose conservation should be supported through village chicken breeding programmes and that preferences differed greatly between farmers in the two districts. However, from an economic point of view, the aim of conserving culturally significant and disease resistant indigenous breeds is contrary to the objective of increasing chicken productivity. A preference for white plumage, most common among exotic breeds, could further hinder conservation of indigenous breeds, which are mostly brown or black. The lack of knowledge about chicken characterization and flock management were identified as further severe constraints to village conservation programmes.

Keywords Animal genetic resources
Backyard poultry
Choice modelling
Cultural value
Indigenous breeds
West Africa
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2010.04.027   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
Additional Notes Accepted version pages 1-44.


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