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Valuing goat genetic resources: a pro-poor growth strategy in the Kenyan semi-arid tropics

Omondi, I, Baltenweck, I, Drucker, A, Obare, G and Zander, Kerstin (2008). Valuing goat genetic resources: a pro-poor growth strategy in the Kenyan semi-arid tropics. Tropical Animal Health and Production,40(8):583-596.

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IRMA ID A00011xPUB23
Title Valuing goat genetic resources: a pro-poor growth strategy in the Kenyan semi-arid tropics
Author Omondi, I
Baltenweck, I
Drucker, A
Obare, G
Zander, Kerstin
Journal Name Tropical Animal Health and Production
Publication Date 2008
Volume Number 40
Issue Number 8
ISSN 0049-4747   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-55949086245
Start Page 583
End Page 596
Total Pages 14
Place of Publication Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Field of Research 0707 - Veterinary Sciences
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Goats, “the poor man’s cow”, provide very important genetic resources that can be exploited for continued improvements of the livelihoods of poor livestock keepers in the semi-arid tropics. This study presents the evaluation of the economic values of goat genetic resources (GGRs) in terms of the important non-market traits embedded in goats and how this information can be utilised to improve livelihoods in semi-arid regions. The results obtained from mixed logit models derived from stated choice data collected from 314 respondents in the semi-arid Marsabit district of Kenya reveal that disease resistance is the most highly valued trait whose resultant augmentation results into a welfare improvement of up to KShs.2899. Drought tolerance and milk traits were found to be implicitly valued at KShs.2620 and 1179 respectively. The study further revealed that improvement in milk trait in does, body size and disease resistance traits in bucks, and drought tolerance trait in both does and bucks will collectively improve the producers’ welfare hence should be given priority. However, improvement in the reproduction and production (“overall body condition/ meatiness” trait) potential of goats will be worthwhile only if issues concerning access to pasture and water resources are addressed prior and simultaneously.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11250-008-9137-2   (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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