Drought and Saving in West Africa: Are Livestock a Buffer Stock?
Households in the West African semi-arid tropics face substantial risk--an inevitable consequence of engaging in rainfed agriculture in a drought-prone environment. It has long been hypothesized that these households keep livestock as a buffer stock to insulate their consumption from income fluctuations. This paper tests this hypothesis. Results indicate that livestock transactions play less of a consumption smoothing role than often assumed. Livestock sales compensate for at most 30 percent,...Expand abstract
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