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Household-Level Livestock Marketing Behavior Among Northern Kenyan and Southern Ethiopian Pastoralists

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Pastoralists in East Africa's arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL) regularly confront climatic shocks triggering massive herd die-offs and loss of scarce wealth. On the surface, it appears puzzling that pastoralists do not make extensive use of livestock markets to offload animals when climatic shocks temporarily reduce the carrying capacity of local rangelands, and then use markets to restock their herds when local conditions recover. In recent years, donors and policy makers have begun to hypothesize that investments in livestock marketing systems might quickly pay for themselves through reduced demand for relief aid,by increasing pastoralist marketing responsiveness to temporal variation in range conditions.

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WP 2005-11 November 2004

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2004-11-01

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Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University

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