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Urban Food Production in Developing Countries – An Investigation into Various Approaches Taken by Different Cultures

Friday, February 10, 2017 17:04
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This thesis has revealed that there is still much potential to spread the importance of urban food production and to get people engaged in this activity, especially in developing countries.

By Keywan Kiarass Shirazi
Fachhochschule Kufstein Tirol Bildungs GmbH
Master International Business Studies ’12
July 15, 2014


Besides local eating habits and religion, cultural differences were also investigated that have to be considered when applying the concept of animal husbandry from Bangladesh to foreign countries. For the adaptation to one of the three African countries, people who want to get started with this activity need to be supported by somebody who has a profound knowledge in this field. Unfortunately, according to Prof. Rahman, there is
currently a lack of veterinarians in Africa, which makes the adaptation more difficult (Prof. Rahman, 2014). However, if this constraint can be overcome, the practice of animal husbandry can be expanded. Due to the fact that people in all investigated African countries want to achieve quick results, keeping livestock may be a perfect approach. Goats can produce milk quickly which can be sold for good prices at local markets (Prof. Rahman, 2014).

In Latin American countries, the culture exhibits slightly other traits than compared to Bangladesh. For example, traditions are highly valued, maintaining relationships are a priority and having fun in life is essential. Through targeting retired people who live an idle life, as Prof. Rahman suggested, keeping goats could help to reconcile their social needs. More precisely, when people get involved in keeping livestock, it can improve their social status within their neighborhood through selling or passing on milk that is left over or meat which may ultimately result in building up relationships. Further, goats may be good companions and might help to satisfy the practitioner‘s own needs for an enjoyable life. Regarding Asian cultures, the comparison could not reveal any cultural differences that are of higher interest for the
adaptation of animal husbandry.

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