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dc.contributor.authorRuto, Eric
dc.contributor.authorGarrod, Guy
dc.contributor.authorScarpa, Riccardo
dc.date.accessioned2008-12-14T22:30:39Z
dc.date.available2008-12-14T22:30:39Z
dc.date.issued2007-03
dc.identifier.citationRuto, E., Garrod, G. & Scarpa, R. (2007). Valuing animal genetic resources: a choice modelling application to indigenous cattle in Kenya. (Department of Economics Working Paper Series, Number 5/07). Hamilton, New Zealand: University of Waikato.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10289/1620
dc.description.abstractIn an effort to improve productivity and profits many farmers have replaced traditional livestock breeds with higher yielding alternatives. While such changes may bring about short-term economic gains, the loss of traditional livestock breeds could result in the loss of an important genetic resource as a variety of important genetic traits adapted to local conditions gradually become less common in the population. This is a particular problem in Africa, where livestock make a substantial contribution to human livelihoods. Using the example of cattle in Kenya’s pastoral livestock markets this study uses a choice experiment approach to investigate buyers’ preferences for indigenous breeds such as the Maasai Zebu. The analysis employs a latent class approach to characterize heterogeneity in valuations both within and across respondents buying cattle for breeding, slaughter or resale. The results show that there are at least three classes of buyers with distinct preferences for cattle traits and that most buyers favor exotic rather than indigenous breeds. Such preferences have implications for the conservation of indigenous cattle in Kenya and in other developing countries and suggest that some form of intervention may be required to ensure the preservation of this important animal genetic resource.en_US
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dc.language.isoen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDepartment of Economics Working Paper Series
dc.subjectanimal genetic resourcesen_US
dc.subjecteconomic valuationen_US
dc.subjectchoice experimentsen_US
dc.subjectlatent class modelsen_US
dc.subjectindigenous livestocken_US
dc.subjectMaasai Zebu cattleen_US
dc.titleValuing animal genetic resources: a choice modelling application to indigenous cattle in Kenyaen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
uow.relation.series5/07


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