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The effect of livestock theft on household poverty in developing countries: The case of Lesotho

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  • Selloane Khoabane

    () (Department of Economics, University of Stellenbosch)

  • Philip Black

    () (Department of Economics, University of Stellenbosch)

Abstract

While livestock theft in Lesotho is primarily caused by increased poverty among unemployed workers and drought stricken crop farmers, its effect on stock farmers can be devastating. It reduces the affected households’ own consumption of both the “returns” on their wealth, e.g. milk and wool, and of wealth itself, e.g. meat and hides. In addition, it restricts their ability to sell their returns and wealth in the market place and use the proceeds to acquire other food and non-food products. Some policy implications are also highlighted.

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  • Selloane Khoabane & Philip Black, 2009. "The effect of livestock theft on household poverty in developing countries: The case of Lesotho," Working Papers 02/2009, Stellenbosch University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:sza:wpaper:wpapers74
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    Keywords

    Livestock theft; Lesotho; own consumption; animal products; diversified farming; nutritional status; human capital; HIV/AIDS;

    JEL classification:

    • D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory
    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • Q12 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Micro Analysis of Farm Firms, Farm Households, and Farm Input Markets

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