Keeping goats or going North? Enhancing livelihoods of smallholder goat farmers through brucellosis control in Mexico

Smallholder goat husbandry in Mexico is dairy oriented and has a range of functions for farmers, like income, food, insurance, credit, and a reason for not having to migrate to the US. However, caprine brucellosis, a zoonosis endemic in Mexico, has a negative impact on flock productivity.

Promovendus David Oseguera Montiel
Promotor Akke van der Zijpp
Copromotor K (Klaas) Frankena
Copromotor dr ir HMJ Udo
Organisatie Wageningen University, Animal Production Systems, Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences (WIAS), Quantitative Veterinary Epidemiology

ma 25 augustus 2014 11:00 tot 12:30

Locatie Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
6703 BG Wageningen

This thesis shows that brucellosis control is stagnant because of a two way lack of communication: farmers are not well informed about brucellosis and policies are formulated without knowledge of goat farming practices and of farmers' perceptions.

Important factors to consider in the design of a new policy are: a comprehensive compensation for losses when applying test-and-cull, the integration of farmers' expertise and experience, diffusion of knowledge about brucellosis control, its prevention and its impact on human health and livestock production, and, most important, regional planning.