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Conference: Policies for Competitive Smallholder Livestock Production
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The Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA) and the International Livestock Research Centre (ILRI) recently co-hosted an international conference on “Policies for Competitive Smallholder Livestock Production”. The conference was held du

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  09th March 2015

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The Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA) and the International Livestock Research Centre (ILRI) recently co-hosted an international conference on “Policies for Competitive Smallholder Livestock Production”. The conference was held during 4-6 March 2015, at Lansmore Hotel, Gaborone. The main objective of the conference was to provide an opportunity for African and international scientists and the broader stakeholder groups in the livestock production sector to discuss competitiveness in livestock production systems and improving the livelihoods of livestock farmers, especially smallholder farmers. The broad aim of the conference was to provide answers to various questions rotating around four thematic areas of: measures of competitiveness in smallholder livestock production and policy advocacy; market access and utilisation; the role of collective action in enhancing competitiveness of smallholder livestock farmers; governments’ role in the provision of livestock support services; and economics of animal health and trade in the competitiveness of smallholder livestock production systems. Participants at the conference included researchers, policy makers and development partners who work in the area of assessing competitiveness in agricultural food production and marketing. The conference was opened by the Acting Minister of Agriculture, Honourable Patrick Ralotsia who assured the delegates that the Botswana Government's commitment and dedication towards policies geared at improving the competitiveness of the agricultural sector, including the smallholder livestock farmers who constitute the majority of livestock farmers in the country. Honourable Ralotsia also acknowledged the Australian Government for sponsoring the conference, through the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). The conference was an outcome of the “Competitive Smallholder Livestock in Botswana” project which was being implemented by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA), Botswana Meat Commission (BMC), Botswana College of Agriculture (BCA) and other local partners. The conference also graced by the Chargé d'Affaires of the Australian High Commission based in Pretoria (South Africa), Mr Chris Munn.


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