Protecting Livestock. Improving Human Lives

Is Africa different? Economics of the Livestock Sector

Author: Martin Upton

Year: 2012

About this Publication:

This abstract is based on a full-length paper written by Martin Upton in 2012. This paper provides a comprehensive review of economics of the African livestock sector focused at the subcontinental and national rather than the household level. In turn, it addresses the role of livestock in development; considers whether Africa is different in terms of economics, imports of livestock products, and land and labour resources; and reviews opportunities and constraints in livestock production, trade, non-market functions, value chains, animal feed, and animal and public health. Finally, based on this review, it concludes that devoting more attention to the livestock sub-sector is justified by growing demand for animal sourced products and the opportunity this provides to increase incomes, nutrition and welfare of the rural poor.

Grant: PLSHL1

Subject Areas: Policy and Advocacy


African Livestock Sector, Animal Disease Risks, Animal Feed Balance, Animal Health Services, Economics, Food Security, Livestock Economics, Livestock Product Value Chains, Livestock in Economic Development, Non-Market Functions, Role of Livestock in Development, Trade


Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Comoros, Cote D'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, United Republic Of, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe

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