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Economic commodity or environmental crisis? An interdisciplinary approach to analysing the bushmeat trade in central and west Africa

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Bushmeat is a large but largely invisible contributor to the economies of west and central African countries. Yet the trade is currently unsustainable. Hunting is reducing wildlife populations, driving more vulnerable species to local and regional extinction, and threatening biodiversity. This paper uses a commodity chain approach to explore the bushmeat trade and to demonstrate why an interdisciplinary approach is required if the trade is to be sustainable in the future.

Keywords: biodiversity; bushmeat; economic commodity-chain approach; livelihoods; west and central Africa; wildlife

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Fauna and Flora International, Tenison Road, Cambridge CB1 2TT 2: Overseas Development Institute (ODI), 111 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JD 3: Department of Economics, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3UL, Email:

Publication date: December 1, 2003

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