Date of Award

1983

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Abstract

The overall objective of this study was to gather basic information about livestock programs in the Ivory Coast, and to determine factors that may be impeding the successful accomplishment of these programs. One hundred and two livestock producers were interviewed--72 who were members of SODEPRA and 32 who were not. The data from the field study were coded onto computer sheets and transferred to punched cards and percentages and Chi-Square Values were calculated. The major dependent variable, membership in SODEPRA, was related to the independent variables in the study. Chi-Square values were used to determine if there was a significant difference for each of the independent variables when compared on membership in SODEPRA. The .20 level of probability was used to establish the significance of the relationship. The case study approach was also used to analyze the activities of the CRZ and the SODEPRA. The findings show that the Mande, the Senoufo and the Lobi were the main groups involved in livestock production in the north. The high rate of illiteracy created a problem in promoting livestock production. A lack of motivation among livestock producers was noted. Four main breeds were raised in the Ivory Coast and natural grazing was the most popular method of feeding the ruminants, resulting in a relatively low average weight of the cattle. The producers faced many problems, disease being the most important one. The interaction between CRZ and SODEPRA was limited. This thesis suggests that livestock production in the Ivory Coast must go from a traditional type to a more modern type of production using an extension approach. The basics for an effective and efficient system are present, but much improvement is needed.

Pages

185

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