Using Conjoint Analysis to Estimate Farmers' Preferences for Cattle Traits in West Africa

36 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2002

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Malumba Kamuanga

CGIAR - Burkina Faso Office

Koaudio Tano

Université Nationale de Cote d'Ivoire (NUIC) - Centre Ivoirien de Recherches Economiques Et Sociales (CIRES)

Merle D. Faminow

International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF)

Brent Swallow

International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF)

Date Written: January 2002

Abstract

This paper estimates the preferences of farmers for cattle traits in southern Burkina Faso using Conjoint analysis, a survey-based system for measuring preferences for multiple-attribute goods. Here the technique is used in the context of a West African country where literacy is low, where cattle perform multiple functions, where low-input management is the norm, and where cattle are exposed to a number of tropical diseases and other environmental stresses. The results reflect the production practices of the region, suggesting that important traits in developing breed improvement programs should include disease resistance, fitness for traction and reproductive performance. Beef and milk production are less important traits. The study shows the potential usefulness of conjoint analysis for quantifying preferences in less developed countries for livestock and for the wide variety of other multiple-attribute goods. Distinguishing differences in preferences between groups of respondents in connection with specific locations and production systems can be used to promote conservation-through-use of breeds at risk of extinction.

Keywords: Animal traits, breeds, farmer preferences, Conjoint analysis, West Africa

Suggested Citation

Kamuanga, Malumba and Tano, Koaudio and Faminow, Merle D. and Swallow, Brent, Using Conjoint Analysis to Estimate Farmers' Preferences for Cattle Traits in West Africa (January 2002). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=299620 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.299620

Malumba Kamuanga (Contact Author)

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Koaudio Tano

Université Nationale de Cote d'Ivoire (NUIC) - Centre Ivoirien de Recherches Economiques Et Sociales (CIRES)

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Merle D. Faminow

International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF)

PO Box 30677
Nairobi
Kenya

Brent Swallow

International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF) ( email )

PO Box 30677
Nairobi
Kenya

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