Bottlenecks for the Sustainable Development of the Beef Value Chain in the Colombian Cauca Department
Jhon Jairo Muñoz Quiceno1, Lisbeth Rocio Ruiz1, Karen Enciso2, Cristhian David Puerta Rodriguez2, Manuel Diaz2, Andrés Charry2, Jhon Freddy Gutierrez Solis2, Nelson José Vivas Quila1, Sandra Morales Velasco1, Noe Alban Lopez1, Michael Peters2, Stefan Burkart2
1University of Cauca, Dept. of Agricultural Sciences, Colombia
The development of a competitive beef value chain for accessing formal and specialised national and international markets is among the principal goals of the Colombian agricultural development plans. However, cattle production in Colombia is very diverse in terms of e.g., climatic conditions, agro-ecological zones, farm sizes and production systems. This is influencing the nature of the aligned value chains and their potential for development and for accessing more sophisticated markets. While in some Departments (e.g., Córdoba) a stronger development and export orientation can be observed, in other Departments (e.g., Cauca) the beef value chains are rather characterised by their informality and limited access to formal markets.
Keywords: Cattle production, competitiveness, public policy, sustainability, value chain analysis
Contact Address: Stefan Burkart, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Trop. Forages Program, Km 17 Recta Cali-Palmira, Cali, Colombia, e-mail: s.burkartcgiar.org