Assessment of Goat Production Systems and Social-Economic Factors Affecting Demand of Goats and Goat Meat in Malawi

Little information exists of demand parameters for goats and goat meat despite seasonality of the demand. Demand for goat meat in Malawi is high during religious festivals, cultural celebrations and when households are food insecure. Food insecure households sell goats to purchase food and for livelihood. The study will document intermediaries and their roles in the goat and goat meat marketing chain. In addition, the study will evaluate goat meat production systems and provide knowledge and skills for quality slaughter and handling of goat meat.
Peu d’informations existent sur les paramètres de la demande de chèvres et de viande de chèvre, malgré la saisonnalité de la demande. La demande de viande de chèvre au Malawi est élevé lors des fêtes religieuses, les fêtes culturelles et lorsque les ménages sont en insécurité alimentaire. Les ménages en insécurité alimentaire vendent leurs chèvres pour acheter de la nourriture et d’autres moyens de subsistance. L’étude permettra de documenter les intermédiaires et leurs rôles dans la chaîne de commercialisation de chèvre et de la viande de chèvre. En outre, l’étude évaluera les systèmes de production de viande de chèvre et fournir des connaissances et des compétences pour l’abattage et la manipulation de la qualité de la viande de chèvre.
Extended Abstract for Cross Cutting Fields
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Southern Africa
RUFORUM Conferences and Workshops
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Open Access

The 2012 RUFORUM Biennial Conference is the third in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholers in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. The third Biennial Conference was attended by 657 participants.  This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme of Cross Cutting Fields.