Livestock Systems

Smallholder goat value chains in Pakistan; challenges and research opportunities

Project code
AUD 199,612
Research program manager
Dr Anna Okello
Project leader
Angus Campbell - University of Melbourne
Commissioned organisation
The University of Melbourne
DEC 2016
NOV 2017
Project status
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This project aimed to improve strategic value chains to significantly and equitably benefit the rural poor, particularly women, living in the Punjab and Sindh.

This project was part of the DFAT-funded Agriculture Value Chain Collaborative Research program (AVCCR) which identified goat meat value chains within Pakistan as a high priority for further research. The AVCCR targets strategic value chains impacting smallholder livelihoods and focuses on social equity and the empowerment of women as fundamentals to development.

The scope of this project was to more fully describe the goat industry, including production and marketing systems, and identify future research for development needs throughout the value chain that aligns with the core goals of the AVCCR Program.

Project outcomes

  • Mapping and analysing predominant goat value chains linking smallholder farmers to markets including the value smallholders deriving from them.
  • Investigating smallholder farmer perceptions on their engagement with goat value chains and the role that women play both on-farm and post-farm gate.
  • Identifying research opportunities for improved smallholder goat producer engagement with, and contribution to, specific goat meat value chains.
Key partners
University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Lahore
National Agricultural Research Centre