The Political Economy of International Development and Pro-Poor Livestock Policies: A Comparative Assessment

Abstract

This policy briefing is based on Working Paper No. 12. Six case studies were carried out in Bolivia, Ethiopia, India, Senegal, Vietnam and the EU with the aim of defining the political actions that would be needed to advance pro-poor livestock policies. Topics of interest are highlighted: Poor livestock farmers are unlikely to engage effectively in politics as their interests are often represented through patron organisations; the understanding of politics amongst peasant farmer groups is low; access to services is most important to these groups and should be the target of subsidies; transaction costs in livestock markets are harmful to poor producer livelihoods.

The briefing highlights a strong need for analysis of how international trade can be optimised for the good of developing countries and their poor producers.

Citation

PPLPI, FAO, Rome, Italy, 2 pp.

The Political Economy of International Development and Pro-Poor Livestock Policies: A Comparative Assessment

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