Household-Level Livestock Marketing Behavior Among Northern Kenyan and Southern Ethiopian Pastoralists

22 Pages Posted: 6 May 2005

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Christopher B. Barrett

Cornell University - Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management

Marc F. Bellemare

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Department of Applied Economics

Sharon M. Osterloh

Cornell University

Date Written: November 2004

Abstract

Pastoralists in East Africa's arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL) regularly confront climatic shocks triggering massive herd die-offs and loss of scarce wealth. On the surface, it appears puzzling that pastoralists do not make extensive use of livestock markets to offload animals when climatic shocks temporarily reduce the carrying capacity of local rangelands, and then use markets to restock their herds when local conditions recover. In recent years, donors and policy makers have begun to hypothesize that investments in livestock marketing systems might quickly pay for themselves through reduced demand for relief aid, by increasing pastoralist marketing responsiveness to temporal variation in range conditions.

Suggested Citation

Barrett, Christopher B. and Bellemare, Marc F. and Osterloh, Sharon M., Household-Level Livestock Marketing Behavior Among Northern Kenyan and Southern Ethiopian Pastoralists (November 2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=716301 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.716301

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Marc F. Bellemare

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Department of Applied Economics ( email )

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Sharon M. Osterloh

Cornell University ( email )

Ithaca, NY 14853
United States

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