Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/155268
Authors: 
Karugia, Joseph T.
Mwai, Okeyo A.
Kaitho, Robert
Drucker, Adam G.
Wollny, Clemens B. A.
Rege, J. E. O.
Year of Publication: 
2001
Series/Report no.: 
Nota di Lavoro, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei 106.2001
Abstract: 
Conventional economic evaluations of crossbreeding programmes have overestimated their benefits by ignoring subsidies, the increased costs of management such as veterinary support services, and the higher levels of risk and socio-environmental costs associated with the loss of the indigenous genotypes. A conceptual evaluation framework is developed and applied to Kenyan dairy farmers. Results suggest that at the national level crossbreeding has had a positive impact on Kenyan society's welfare, although taking into account important social cost components substantially lowers the net benefits. Farm-level performance is, however, little improved under certain production systems by replacing the indigenous zebu with exotic breeds.
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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