Economics, Food Security & Sustainability

Economics drives the bushmeat crisis, although cultural preferences may also play a role. Growing demand for meat in most cities provides new economic opportunities for people whose traditional sources of income have withered with falling agricultural prices and increasingly scarce jobs. Although wealthier people will pay high prices for gorilla, snake, and porcupine in the capital cities, most bushmeat is eaten by rural families who cannot afford the more costly beef, chicken and pork.  The commercial bushmeat trade is almost universally unsustainable.  The loss of wildlife in forests threatens the livelihoods of semi-nomadic forest peoples, and the food security of the poorest rural people who rely on bushmeat as a safety net when crops and livestock fail. 


BCTF Resources

Economics of the Bushmeat Trade (Fact Sheet) 149.17 KB
Economie de la Viande de Brousse (Fiche d'Information) 121.59 KB
The Relative Price of Bushmeat 124.64 KB
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