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Using choice experiments to assess smallholder farmers' preferences for pig breeding traits in different production systems in North-West Vietnam

Roessler, R, Drucker, A, Scarpa, R, Markemann, A, Lemke, U, Thuy, L and Zárate, A (2008). Using choice experiments to assess smallholder farmers' preferences for pig breeding traits in different production systems in North-West Vietnam. Ecological Economics,66(1):184-192.

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Title Using choice experiments to assess smallholder farmers' preferences for pig breeding traits in different production systems in North-West Vietnam
Author Roessler, R
Drucker, A
Scarpa, R
Markemann, A
Lemke, U
Thuy, L
Zárate, A
Journal Name Ecological Economics
Publication Date 2008
Volume Number 66
Issue Number 1
ISSN 0921-8009   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-43449106490
Start Page 184
End Page 192
Total Pages 9
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Publisher Elsevier B.V.
Field of Research 0502 - Environmental Science and Management
1499 - Other Economics
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Livestock form key components of the livelihood strategies of many of the world's poorest people. However, despite the potential to alleviate poverty and improve food security through livestock development interventions, the lack of smallholders' participation in the planning and design of breeding programs has often been a major cause of the failure of such programs. Particularly in developing countries where livestock production is still mostly subsistence-oriented and livestock fulfil manifold functions a considerable number of livestock breeding programs have failed. The development of adequate tools to characterise these functions, bearing in mind that these are expressed only rarely in properly functioning markets, is therefore important. This paper seeks to advance the application of such methodologies to the smallholder pig sector in Vietnam. A choice experiment was applied across 140 households involved in pig breeding in order to assess farmers' preferences and the trade-offs for a list of adaptive and productive traits. These included growth, reproduction, disease resistance, feed requirements and appearance. The findings indicate that smallholders highly value both adaptive and performance traits, particularly in resource-driven (i.e. subsistence) production systems. Performance traits were more highly valued in the demand-driven (i.e. market-oriented) systems. These findings have implications for breeding program breed choice and breeding objectives.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2007.08.023   (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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