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Micro Contracting and the Smallholder Poultry Supply Chain in Lao PDR

In: Health and Animal Agriculture in Developing Countries

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  • Drew Behnke

    (University of California)

  • David Roland-Holst

    (University of California)

  • Joachim Otte

    (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)

Abstract

The population of Lao PDR remains a predominately rural population and engaged in subsistence agriculture. For this reason, livestock generally and poultry in particular can be instrumental to sustaining and improving livelihoods. However, these livelihood potentials are far from being realized, because a myriad of market access challenges and information/incentive failures deter participation and undermine value creation across low income supply chains. These include, but are not limited to, transport costs, search costs, the nature of sales (often in times of emergency), information asymmetries, and agency problems that undermine investment incentives and reduce the likelihood of smallholders effective market participation.

Suggested Citation

  • Drew Behnke & David Roland-Holst & Joachim Otte, 2012. "Micro Contracting and the Smallholder Poultry Supply Chain in Lao PDR," Natural Resource Management and Policy, in: David Zilberman & Joachim Otte & David Roland-Holst & Dirk Pfeiffer (ed.), Health and Animal Agriculture in Developing Countries, edition 1, chapter 0, pages 353-370, Springer.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:nrmchp:978-1-4419-7077-0_18
    DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4419-7077-0_18
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