Analysis of supply constraints for enhancing meat and livestock exports from Ethiopia

Published on 14 February 2011

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Start Date: 1 April 2006 | End Date: 30 June 2007


This project investigates the reasons behind existing constraints in the supply of live animals for meat processing and export in Ethiopia. Based on this analysis, the study will give direction for appropriate policies aimed at improving the performance of Ethiopia’s domestic and export markets for live animals and meat.


  • To review and synthesize literature on livestock and meat supply, consumption and trade in Ethiopia and identify information gaps for further research.
  • To identify and map the export livestock supply shades and indicate volume of supply from major production areas.
  • To assess current off-take rates for cattle and shoats in the highlands and pastoral lowlands and identify the characteristics of these animals.
  • To assess the movement of animals and meat through domestic and export market chains, and how various market factors (price, market structure, marketing practices, transaction costs and market infrastructure) influence the movement of animals between market channels.
  • To identify factors which affect the marketing behaviour of producers and other market participants.
  • To develop alternative export scenarios for increased off-take through breeding, feeding management, disease control and producers’ marketing behaviour.
  • To develop policy recommendations for investment in market development, development of quality and safety standards, extension, technology and dissemination of market information to achieve higher off-take rates and meat exports.

Funding: United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Texas A&M University

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