Socio-Economische Aanpak van Tropische Veeteelt
On November 19th 2009, be-troplive organised a workshop on “Socio-Economic Approaches in Livestock Production in the Tropics” at the
The day was moderated by Hans Schiere, an agronomist from
The host Prof. Jean Marchal, Associate Vice-Rector for International Relations at the
The rationale of the workshop (see annexes) was introduced by the moderator. He stressed that this workshop was the follow-up of the be-troplive workshop of 2007 where it appeared that a more multidisciplinary approach is necessary to fully comprehend all the different aspects related to sustainable livestock production in the tropics and to formulate adequate recommendations. Agriculture is now put on the development agenda again by most of the donors and implementing agencies. The challenge is to allow market access to smallholders in a value chain approach. Therefore livestock development needs input from other disciplines besides only from animal health and production.
The first part of the day included three keynote presentations. Rebeca Sultana, Master in anthropology and international health presented the different aspects of backyard poultry raising practices in
The afternoon was devoted to groupwork. Participants were organised in three groups around the identification of social and economic tools to improve chances for smallholders in the marketing chain. The conclusions of each group were presented during a plenary session and a general discussion was lead by the moderator.
Eric Thys (Secretary of be-troplive) closed the session. He indicated that be-troplive membership was still increasing and that the actual number of members was 209. He thanked all the participants, the moderator, and the keynote speakers. He thanks also the Federal Public Service of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation for funding and the
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