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|Author(s) :||E.N. Tambi, O.W. Maina, A.W. Mukhebi & T.F. Randolph|
The authors assess the economic impact of the Pan-African Rinderpest Campaign (PARC). The PARC programme commenced in 1986 with the objective to control and ultimately eradicate rinderpest from Africa. From among the thirty-five countries that participated in PARC, ten countries were selected for the analysis, based on data availability. The three following key socio-economic issues were addressed: cost-effectiveness, returns to investment and the welfare gains of the intervention. The standard cost-benefit approach based on a computer spreadsheet model was used to assess the economic impact of rinderpest control. Benefits of the intervention consisted of increased revenue due to avoided production losses. Estimates of the value of production losses were obtained under both 'with PARC and 'without PARC scenarios and the incremental benefits were derived as the difference between the two scenarios. In addition, an economic surplus model was used to assess the distribution of welfare effects generated by the intervention.
Africa – Cost-benefit analysis – Economics – Economic surplus – Pan-African Rinderpest Campaign – Rinderpest – Welfare analysis.