The Economics of Farm Animal Genetic Resource Conservation and Sustainable Use: Why is it important and what have we learned?

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Drucker, Adam G., (2004). The Economics of Farm Animal Genetic Resource Conservation and Sustainable Use: Why is it important and what have we learned?, FAO, ILRI, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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This paper briefly discusses the theoretical background and potential methodologies that can be used, before analyzing the results of a range of economics of AnGR (Animal Genetic Resource) studies recently carried out in Africa, Latin America and Europe.
These studies revealed the existence of a range of methodologies that can be used to value livestock keeper breed/trait preferences, and that can, in fact, be of use in designing policies that counter the present trend towards marginalization of indigenous breeds. In particular, it becomes possible to, inter alia, recognize the importance livestock keepers place on adaptive traits and non-income functions, and the need to consider these in breeding programme design; identify those breeds that are a priority for participation in cost-efficient diversity-maximising conservation programmes; and contrast the costs involved with the large benefits non-livestock keepers place on breed conservation.

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