Are government veterinary paraprofessionals serving the poor? The perception of smallholder livestock farmers in Kenya

K’Oloo, Tobias / John Ilukor / Jonathan Mockshell / Evans IIatsia / Regina Birner
Externe Publikationen (2015)

in: Tropical Animal Health and Production 47 (1), 243-245


The liberalization of clinical veterinary services in Kenya introduced new service providers into the animal health service sector. This study examines the perceptions of livestock farmers regarding these service providers and analyses the factors that influence their choice of alternative service providers in Kakamega County. The empirical analysis shows that private animal health assistants were perceived to provide better services than alternative providers because they are more accessible and offer services on credit. Results from a multinomial logit model reveal that more educated, wealthier, and older farmers are more likely to use government services. The study concludes that it is imperative to better target the poor and to integrate private service providers into government animal health programs.

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