Botswana’s livestock sector provides about two thirds of national agricultural value added and beef production is a vital part of the rural economy as a source of income and employment. However, throughout the beef value chain, high costs of Sanitary and Phyto-sanitary (SPS) compliance are apparent, and on the demand side, reductions in EU beef support prices have adversely affected competitiveness and the country is unable to utilise fully its preferential access to EU import markets.
This poster at the 2014 Tropentag Conference presents information on a study to measure competitiveness in Botswana’s beef value chain and identify the factors affecting it, so as to advocate change in Botswana’s smallholder livestock systems.
This week, ILRI staff are participating in the Tropentag 2014 International Conference in Prague (17-19 September 2014). There is also a dedicated ‘ILRI@40’ side event on ‘Livestock-based options for sustainable food and nutritional security and healthy lives.’ See all the posters.