Livestock and livelihoods: Improving market participation of small-scale livestock producers

Published on 10 November 2010

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Start Date: 1 November 2006 | End Date: 31 December 2010


This project aims at improving market participation of smallholder goat and cattle keepers in semi-arid areas of Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe. The key objective of the project is to shift small-scale livestock producers from extensive production practices towards more commercially-oriented, intensive practices. This can be accomplished by linking extension and input delivery more directly with marketing strategies.

The specific project objectives are to:

  • improve market participation of small-scale goat and cattle keepers in semi-arid regions of Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe;
  • evaluate constraints to and opportunities for commercialization of smallholder production of goats and cattle;
  • test and evaluate alternative livestock marketing and input delivery systems;
  • assess the impact of market-led technology change on household incomes; and
  • establish an effective communication strategy to facilitate networking and exchange of information among sector stakeholders.

This project is funded by the European Union (EU) through the ICART project (Implementation and Coordination of Agricultural Research and Training).

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