Cost-effective supply chain for livestock in Ethiopia: a preliminary investigation of pastoralists preferences for livestock market services

Ethiopia has about 120 government-recognized livestock markets whose resilience is suffering from lack of watering, shading, feeding, resting, and quarantine facilities. Consequent value loss due to animal and human sufferings (meat producers & consumers) is human sufferings (meat producers & consumers) is large. The Ethiopian government formulated national livestock master plans and market development initiatives, which suffer high uncertainty due to lack of grass roots level information on the interest in and willingness to pay for market development interventions. Using surveys, this project generates gender disaggregated data on preferences for livestock market services in two different sites. Cutting edge econometric modelling will be used to collect and analyze such data to prioritize new investments in market facilities to increase the overall resilience of this supply chain, which is crucial for the continued delivery of much needed highly valued, locally produced animal proteins. Willingness-to-pay estimates will help select self-sustaining market services from the viewpoint of market users.

PI: Riccardo Scarpa, Durham University