Livestock marketing in Turkana District, Kenya: opportunities and constraints
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Watson, D.J.; Binsbergen, J. van. 2006. Livestock marketing in Turkana District, Kenya: opportunities and constraints. ILRI Brief 1. Nairobi (Kenya): ILRI.
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This report focuses on the issues surrounding livestock marketing in Turkana District. The report 's authors undertook an extensive literature review and conducted field work in Turkana in early 2006. They characterized and described the livestock marketing systems operating in the district, identified problems and constraints, and made a series of recommendations intended to increase the number of pastoralists profitably accessing livestock markets. Finally, they identified researchable issues which would enable a better understanding of livestock marketing in Turkana District. Topics of discussion include pastoralism in Turkana: then and now; failed livestock interventions; is Turkana District overstocked? How many people and livestock? Reluctance to sell or slaughter; livestock marketing and consumption in Turkana; problems associated with livestock marketing in Turkana including subsistence orientation, marketing infrastructure, transport, trader cartels and brokers, insecurity, taxes and bribes, lack of cash, quarantine restrictions, and information.