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Sustainability 2017, 9(10), 1803; doi:10.3390/su9101803

Are Development Projects Pursuing Short-Term Benefits at the Expense of Sustainability?

International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Amman, Jordan
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Received: 5 September 2017 / Revised: 30 September 2017 / Accepted: 2 October 2017 / Published: 5 October 2017
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When evaluated purely on financial grounds, most developmental interventions targeting the livestock sector exhibit a positive impact. This study also provides empirical evidence that a project which provided loans to livestock producers in Syria succeeded in increasing the annual farm income and reducing the income risk. However, these annual benefits were accompanied by a reduction in technical efficiency which, unabated, may compound over the years and compromise the livestock enterprise’s sustainability. The development lesson from these findings is that misguided interventions with well-known short-term livelihoods benefits could, in the long run, hurt the very sector which they aim to support. View Full-Text
Keywords: small ruminants; loans; sustainability; income; risk; technical efficiency small ruminants; loans; sustainability; income; risk; technical efficiency

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Yigezu, Y.; El-Shater, T.; Aw-Hassan, A. Are Development Projects Pursuing Short-Term Benefits at the Expense of Sustainability? Sustainability 2017, 9, 1803.

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