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On the Hoof: Livestock Trade in Darfur

On the Hoof: Livestock Trade in Darfur

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This report explores what has happened to the livestock trade in the greater Darfur region during nine years of conflict, since 2003. Livestock is one of Darfur's main economic assets and makes a major contribution to Sudan's national livestock and meat exports. The report documents how Darfur's livestock trade has been negatively affected by the conflict, contracting in volume and losing competitiveness as trading costs have soared and as the quality of animals brought to the market has deteriorated. Physical market infrastructure has also deteriorated and the region has only one, poorly functioning slaughter-house, although such facilities could play a critical role in stimulating Darfur’s livestock trade and in efficiency gains if livestock no longer had to be trekked on the hoof to Omdurman, especially during the dry season. A positive development, however, has been the flourishing trade in hides and skins in Darfur during the conflict years. The report makes a number of recommendations, first, for immediate action to support the livestock trade in the current environment in Darfur, and second, at a policy and strategic level to support the eventual recovery of Darfur's economy and to contribute to the national economy.

Authored by Margie Buchanan-Smith and Abdul Jabbar Abdulla Fadul, with Abdul Rahman Tahir and Yacob Aklilu, this report is based on fieldwork carried out across the Darfur region during 2011.
This report explores what has happened to the livestock trade in the greater Darfur region during nine years of conflict, since 2003. Livestock is one of Darfur's main economic assets and makes a major contribution to Sudan's national livestock and meat exports. The report documents how Darfur's livestock trade has been negatively affected by the conflict, contracting in volume and losing competitiveness as trading costs have soared and as the quality of animals brought to the market has deteriorated. Physical market infrastructure has also deteriorated and the region has only one, poorly functioning slaughter-house, although such facilities could play a critical role in stimulating Darfur’s livestock trade and in efficiency gains if livestock no longer had to be trekked on the hoof to Omdurman, especially during the dry season. A positive development, however, has been the flourishing trade in hides and skins in Darfur during the conflict years. The report makes a number of recommendations, first, for immediate action to support the livestock trade in the current environment in Darfur, and second, at a policy and strategic level to support the eventual recovery of Darfur's economy and to contribute to the national economy.

Authored by Margie Buchanan-Smith and Abdul Jabbar Abdulla Fadul, with Abdul Rahman Tahir and Yacob Aklilu, this report is based on fieldwork carried out across the Darfur region during 2011.

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On the Hoof 
Livestock Trade in Darfur
 
First published in September 2012 by the United Nations Environment Programme© 2012, United Nations Environment ProgrammeUnited Nations Environment ProgrammeP.O. Box 30552, Nairobi, KENYA Tel: +254 (0)20 762 1234Fax: +254 (0)20 762 3927E-mail: uneppub@unep.orgWeb:http://www.unep.orgThis publication may be reproduced in whole or in part and in any orm or educational or non-prot purposes without specialpermission rom the copyright holder provided acknowledgement o the source is made. No use o this publication may be made orresale or or any other commercial purpose whatsoever without prior permission in writing rom UNEP. The contents o this volumedo not necessarily refect the views o UNEP, or contributory organizations. The designations employed and the presentations do notimply the expressions o any opinion whatsoever on the part o UNEP or contributory organizations concerning the legal status oany country, territory, city or area or its authority, or concerning the delimitation o its rontiers or boundaries.Report authors: Margie Buchanan-Smith and Abdul Jabbar Abdulla Fadul,with Abdul Rahman Tahir and Yacob AkliluCover image: © Darur Development and Reconstruction Agency:Fora Boranga livestock market, West DarurReport layout: Bridget SnowCover design: Matija PotocnikMaps: UNOCHA, SudanPrinted by: New Lie Printing Press, Khartoum
 
UNEP promotesenvironmentally sound practicesglobally and in its own activities. Thispublication is printed on recycled paperusing eco-friendly practices. Our distributionpolicy aims to reduce UNEP’s carbon footprint.
 
On the Hoof 
Livestock Trade in Darfur

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