Veterinary Science, Transboundary Animal Diseases and Markets

Focusing on the case of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in southern Africa – and specifically Botswana, Nambia, South Africa and Zimbabwe – this research is exploring the economic, social and political trade-offs arising from disease control strategies geared towards promoting commercial beef exports and achieving a ‘livestock revolution’.

It explores whether, given limited resources and capacities and the growing costs of meeting export standards, it makes sense to persist with the economically and politically fragile status quo and ensure disease freedom. Or are there other alternatives that benefit a wider group of producers, are easier to implement yet maintain access to important export markets and so foreign exchange revenues?

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Key contact

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More details

A short overview of regional positions on foot-and-mouth disease control in southern Africa

Transboundary animal disease and market access Working Paper 2 (2008)
Thomson, G

Botswana: Botswana's foot-and-mouth disease and beef trade policy

STEPS Centre Policy Briefing (2008)
Mapitse, N

Botswana’s foot-and-mouth disease and beef trade policy

Transboundary animal disease and market access Working Paper 3 (2008)
Mapitse, N

Foot-and-mouth disease and market access: challenges for the beef industry in southern Africa

Transboundary animal disease and market access: future options for the beef industry in southern Africa Working Paper 1 (2008)
Scoones, I. and Wolmer, W.

Veterinary science, transboundary animal diseases and markets: pathways for policy in Namibia

Transboundary animal disease and market access: future options for the beef industry in southern Africa Working Paper 4 (2008)
Bishi, A and Kamwi, J. A.
Project Dates:
April 2006 - June 2008
Project Status:
Closed
Funder:
Livestock for Life, Wellcome Trust
Research Themes / Programmes:
Agriculture
Livestock and pastoralism