Reducing food-related economic loss to improve food security and cattle trade in the Sahel: the case of agropastoral systems in Senegal
- economic loss,
- optimal loss,
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Copyright (c) 2023 Abdrahmane Wane, Mballo Aliou Diouf, Dzoukou Homsi Cabrelle Lauriane , Diakhate Pathe, Memboup Rahimatou
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Food loss is a critical issue in Africa, but investigation has mainly been limited to quantity loss. Economic losses are likely to be more significant but are widely ignored. Regarding ruminant-related losses, it remains challenging to identify the optimal harvest point. Focusing on Sahelian agropastoral systems, where stakeholders operate in a shock-prone environment, our paper explains how critical actor behaviour is, and it addresses economic losses on live-animal transactions while integrating market behaviours into the analysis. Loss elimination being illusory in such a context, our findings pioneer a loss reduction approach that is supported by an appropriate optimisation programme tested on primary data collected from 202 agropastoral households in Senegal.