Study of Ethiopian cattle and beef value chains

The ILRI Discussion Paper 23 brings the results of a study of cattle marketing in Ethiopia based on a review of secondary materials, learning from stakeholder consultations and a rapid assessment of market actors. The Study of the Ethiopian live cattle and beef value chain (2013) focused on two of Ethiopia’s major cattle-trading routes – one coming from the agropastoral highland production systems and one from the pastoral lowlands. The main aims of the study were to diagnose problems in the marketing channels and to identify relevant policy strategies. The report summarises existing information on Ethiopian cattle production and marketing, and synthesises researchers’ and general knowledge on the live cattle trade. It includes a review of selected studies on marketing practices, requirements and costs, as well as results of a rapid appraisal of the cattle value chain conducted as part of the study. It concludes with key findings and recommendations related to private-sector activities, risk management, animal health and market information. It highlights the problem of shortage of animal feed along the value chain and calls for research into feed production, marketing and efficient use.

Posted on 29 November 2013 in Pastoralism & Marketing