Center for Environmental Policy and Administration

Livestock Marketing in Kenya and Ethiopia

Livestock marketing is critical to development of arid and semi-arid lands in Kenya and Ethiopia. Donors are showing renewed interest in funding livestock marketing activities. Livestock market improvement offers the potential to reduce poverty in areas that are identified as the poorest in these countries. Such activities also allow donors to move from a "relief" mode to a "development" mode in dryland areas, as there is growing frustration with dryland activities being in permanent "relief" mode. However, the research community is not currently able to provide donors with clear and specific information to use in designing livestock marketing activities. It is not at all clear how research findings at the macro, meso, and micro levels are to be reconciled and used in program design. It is also not clear how markets should be designed to meet marketing needs in both "normal" and "crisis" periods. At this point in time, it is difficult to provide specific recommendations based on research to donors. The objective of this project is to bring together researchers knowledgeable about livestock marketing in this area in order to integrate information about livestock marketing at different levels. The outcome will be the publication of these various insights, and the provision of a set of recommendations to donors interested in livestock market development.


Global Livestock Collaborative Research Support Program


John McPeak
Center for Environmental Policy and Administration
The Maxwell School, Syracuse University
Revised 09/20/2005 13:08:45