Social and cultural attitudes towards adoption of cow traction
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This presentation deals with the prospects for technology transfer and specifically with the anthropological and cultural considerations related to this work. The anthropological work was done by Dr. Alula Pankhurst, Addis Ababa University. Some farmers are more innovative than others. Some farmers have more resources than others and are thus better able to take risks and to adopt new techniques. Thirty three percent of the households surveyed had ever owned crossbred cows; 75 percent siad they would like to have crossbred cows. Some of the households are so resource poor that they may not be able to take advantage of this technology without some support, such as credit, insurance, artificial insemination and veterinary services. Half of the reeason given for not using cows were technical and economic, but 36 percent of the reasons were related to cultural attitudes, beliefs and the values of the community.
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