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Titolo:
A conceptual framework for the economic analysis of factors influencing decision-making of small-scale farmers in animal health management
Autore:
Chilonda, P; Van Huylenbroeck, G;
Indirizzi:
Univ Zambia, Sch Vet Med, Lusaka, Zambia Univ Zambia Lusaka ZambiaUniv Zambia, Sch Vet Med, Lusaka, Zambia State Univ Ghent, Dept Agr Econ, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium State Univ Ghent Ghent Belgium B-9000 pt Agr Econ, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium
Titolo Testata:
REVUE SCIENTIFIQUE ET TECHNIQUE DE L OFFICE INTERNATIONAL DES EPIZOOTIES
fascicolo: 3, volume: 20, anno: 2001,
pagine: 687 - 700
SICI:
0253-1933(200112)20:3<687:ACFFTE>2.0.ZU;2-8
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA; VETERINARY SERVICES; FINANCIAL ANALYSIS; CATTLE PRODUCTION; DISEASE-CONTROL; CONTROL STRATEGIES; SYSTEMS-APPROACH; DAIRY HERDS; LIVESTOCK; PROGRAM;
Keywords:
Africa; animal health economics; decision-making; disease control; economic analysis; small-scale farmers; veterinary services;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Agriculture,Biology & Environmental Sciences
Citazioni:
79
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Chilonda, P Univ Zambia, Sch Vet Med, POB 32379, Lusaka, Zambia Univ Zambia POB 32379 Lusaka Zambia OB 32379, Lusaka, Zambia
Citazione:
P. Chilonda e G. Van Huylenbroeck, "A conceptual framework for the economic analysis of factors influencing decision-making of small-scale farmers in animal health management", REV SCI TEC, 20(3), 2001, pp. 687-700

Abstract

The delivery of veterinary services in most of sub-Saharan Africa has undergone substantial changes, with the private sector gaining increasing recognition as an alternative to state provision. Given this policy shift, the authors argue that a better understanding of the behaviour and decision-making processes of small-scale farmers in animal health management is urgentlyrequired, to guide policy decisions regarding the delivery of animal health services. Whether the involvement of the private sector will improve overall efficiency in the delivery of veterinary services will depend greatly on the demand response of livestock producers who must make decisions about the health of livestock. The authors briefly review the decision-making process in small-scale farming systems, the economic nature of animal diseases and disease control andthe models that have been used to guide resource allocation for disease control. To gain an improved understanding of the behaviour and decision-making processes of small-scale farmers, the authors propose a conceptual modelincluding variables that relate to characteristics specific to small-scalefarmers and farms, economic factors, institutional setting and biophysicalfactors. Two possible approaches are proposed for the economic analysis. Agricultural household modelling allows the derivation and testing of hypotheses regarding the demand elasticities for veterinary services, while qualitative choice models are better suited to the analysis of determinants behind the choices of farmers. The authors conclude that an urgent need exists for empirical research in this area.

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