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Conserving what's important: using choice model scenarios to value local cattle breeds in East Africa

Zander, Kerstin K. and Drucker, Adam G. (2008). Conserving what's important: using choice model scenarios to value local cattle breeds in East Africa. Ecological Economics,68(1-Feb):34-45.

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Title Conserving what's important: using choice model scenarios to value local cattle breeds in East Africa
Author Zander, Kerstin K.
Drucker, Adam G.
Journal Name Ecological Economics
Publication Date 2008
Volume Number 68
Issue Number 1-Feb
ISSN 0921-8009   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-53649091748
Start Page 34
End Page 45
Total Pages 12
Place of Publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier B.V.
Field of Research 1499 - Other Economics
0502 - Environmental Science and Management
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract The Borana cattle in southern Ethiopia and northern Kenya have unique traits that make them suitable for the harsh environment in the lowlands and have long formed a part of their livestock-keepers' cultural identity. However, genetic erosion of this important cattle breed has been occurring at an accelerating rate for the last few decades. Conservation initiatives for the Borana breed are required and in this context, this study provides empirical evidence for the high economic value of the Borana breed and its different subtypes, measured by their distinct attributes. This evaluation, firstly, strengthens conservation justification and provides guidance regarding cost-efficient conservation approaches and, secondly, provides a better understanding of breeding values. The analysis presented is based on a choice model (CM) with 370 local livestock-keepers. The results of the CM indicate that the preferences for some cattle attributes (in particular for cultural traits such as body size and horn conditions) and Borana subtypes vary largely between Kenya and Ethiopia and that high monetary values are placed on adaptive traits, fertility and traction suitability. We further conclude that it is most cost-effective to conserve in-situ the Ethiopian Borana subtype in Ethiopia and the Somali Borana subtype in Kenya.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2008.01.023   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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