African Capacity Building for Meat Exports: Lessons from the Namibian and Botswanan Beef Industries

Currents: International Trade Law Journal, Vol. 19, No. 55, 2010

24 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2012 Last revised: 12 Jan 2012

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Ian S. Speir

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Raul Cabrera

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Matt Cochran

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Lauren Dangelmayr

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Gavin D'Aguilar

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Kishore Gawande

University of Texas at Austin

Jeongwoo Lee

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Courtney Weigand

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: May 1, 2007

Abstract

Developed countries’ sanitary standards are not a guise for protectionism. On the contrary, they represent the rational behaviors of governments that respond to the demands of their polities for food safety. Thus, animal producers, whether in Africa or elsewhere, that want to export to developed markets have no way of circumventing the sanitary regulations. Countries must meet relevant international and developed-country standards in order to exploit their comparative advantage in livestock and meat production.

Compliance with high food standards is costly. We contend, however, that this cost is not insurmountable, nor does it necessarily trump a country’s comparative advantage. As evidence, we offer two examples from southern Africa: Namibia and Botswana.

Keywords: Africa, livestock, beef, meat, capacity, namibia, botwana, cattle, food, sanitary, regulations, economics, comparative advantage

Suggested Citation

Speir, Ian S. and Cabrera, Raul and Cochran, Matt and Dangelmayr, Lauren and D'Aguilar, Gavin and Gawande, Kishore and Lee, Jeongwoo and Weigand, Courtney, African Capacity Building for Meat Exports: Lessons from the Namibian and Botswanan Beef Industries (May 1, 2007). Currents: International Trade Law Journal, Vol. 19, No. 55, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1979233 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1979233

Ian S. Speir (Contact Author)

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Matt Cochran

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Lauren Dangelmayr

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Gavin D'Aguilar

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Kishore Gawande

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Jeongwoo Lee

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Courtney Weigand

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