Livestock in the Household Economy: Cross‐Country Evidence from Microeconomic Data

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Ugo Pica‐Ciamarra

United Nations - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Luca Tasciotti

United Nations - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Joachim Otte

United Nations - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Alberto Zezza

United Nations - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Date Written: January 2015

Abstract

The development of the livestock sector can contribute to economic growth and poverty reduction, but there is inadequate understanding of livestock‐livelihoods linkages. This article draws on household‐level data from 12 developing countries to investigate the livestock‐asset position of rural households and its contribution to their income. The majority keep livestock; the less well‐off are more likely to keep livestock than the better‐off, but the very poor often lack the resources to invest in small animals. The key policy conclusion is that, contrary to common belief, there are no universal messages about livestock: policy needs to be tailored to farming systems, species, uses of livestock and different wealth groups.

Keywords: Livestock, livestock holdings, livestock income, household surveys, poverty

Suggested Citation

Pica‐Ciamarra, Ugo and Tasciotti, Luca and Otte, Joachim and Zezza, Alberto, Livestock in the Household Economy: Cross‐Country Evidence from Microeconomic Data (January 2015). Development Policy Review, Vol. 33, Issue 1, pp. 61-81, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2534634 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dpr.12092

Ugo Pica‐Ciamarra (Contact Author)

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Luca Tasciotti

United Nations - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) ( email )

Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
Rome, Lazio 00100
ITALY

Joachim Otte

United Nations - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
Rome, Lazio 00100
Italy

Alberto Zezza

United Nations - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) ( email )

Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
Rome, Lazio 00100
Italy

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