"The nations of Subsaharan Africa experienced declining levels of food production per capita throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, particularly in the area of livestock production. Addressing that problem, the authors of this book assess in a systems context the environmental, biological, and social constraints on future African livestock development and consider prospects for improving productivity, They focus especially on changes needed in production and marketing systems, pointing to important policy considerations . The book is divided into four parts containing twenty-one chapters, each authored by one or more respective authorities in his or her field. Each section in its own way addresses the entire set of questions; topics include aspects of animal breeding and nutrition, anthropology, economics, ecology, farming systems, governmental policy, land tenure, marketing, modelling, and veterinary medicine."
Table of Contents
Westview Replica Editions -- Foreword -- Overview -- Problems and Constraints, Goals and Policy: Conflict Resolution in Development of Subsaharan Africa's Livestock Industry -- Ecology and Livestock -- Livestock Nutrition in Subsaharan Africa: An Overview -- Application of Systems Analysis to Nomadic Livestock Production in the Sudan -- Aspects of Production and Marketing -- Major Disease Deterrents to Improving the Subsaharan Livestock Industry -- Goats and Sheep in the Traditional Livestock Production Systems in Semi-Arid Northern Africa: Their Importance, Productivity and Constraints on Production -- Animal Breeding in Subsaharan Africa: Toward an Integrated Program for Improving Productivity -- Cattle Marketing Efficiency in Kenya's Maasailand -- Impact of Government Policies on the Performance of the Livestock-Meat Subsector -- Development Projects and Experiences -- The Evolution of a Donor Assistance Strategy for Livestock Programs in Subsharan Africa -- Land Use Development in the Pastoral Zone of West Africa -- Livestock in African Culture and Society: A Historical Perspective -- Critical Socio-Economic Variables in African Pastoral Livestock Development: Toward a Comparative Framework -- An Applied Approach to Range Management in Subsaharan Africa -- Development and Management of Livestock Projects in the Sahel Area of Africa -- Approaches for the Future -- Land Tenure Policy in African Livestock Development -- Fenced and Open-Range Ranching: The Commercialization of Pastoral Land and Livestock in Africa -- Veterinary Anthropology: Interdisciplinary Methods in Pastoral Systems Research -- Observations on Animal Health, Especially on Approaches to Identify and Overcome Constraints in the Subhumid Zone of West Africa -- Cattle as Capital, Consumables and Cash: Modelling Age-of-Sale Decisions in African Pastoral Production -- Production of Meat and Milk from Goats in Mixed Farming Systems in the High Potential Tropics -- Appendixes
James R. Simpson is professor and livestock marketing economist in the Food and Resource Economics Department, University of Florida. Phylo Evangelou recently received a Ph.D. from the University of Florida in agricultural economics.