Bush Meat In Africa

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THE IMPACT OF EBOLA SCARE ON THE CONSUMPTION OF BUSHMEAT IN GHANA-EVIDENCE FROM KUMASI METROPOLIS
INTRODUCTION
1.0 Introduction BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
The term bush meat, also called wild meat and game meat, refers to meat from non-domesticated mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds hunted for food in tropical forest (Nasi et al 2008). They are basically meat that comes from wild animals captured in developing regions of the world such as Africa. Bush meat comes from avariety of wild animals, including bats, non-human primate (monkeys), cane rats (grasscutters), and duikers (antelopes).
Bush meat is widely consumed in Africa since malnutrition is a major concern in the region mainly due to limited access to protein and the predominance of
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, 2013; Cowlishohaw et al., 2004; Mendelso et al. , 2003; Bennett, 2004; and Rose, 1996) the importance of bush meat to rural dwellers cannot be undermined as it provides them with a reliable sources of cash income and also serves as a good protein source, food security, among others. Cowlishohaw et al. (2004) indicated that bush meat is the most valuable tropical forest products after timber and an important food source, consumed in both rural and urban areas. Davies, (2002) for example estimated that about 1-5 million tons of bush meat is traded in Western and Central Africa annually. This supports a study conducted earlier by Ntiamoa-Baidu (1998) where he stated that “the annual volume of bush meat harvested in Ghana by hunters is estimated at 384,991.8 tons, worth $350 million, while total annual bush meat consumption is estimated at 225,287 tons valued at $205 million”. These are empirical evidence suggesting that bush meat plays a very significant role in many economies in the sub region including…show more content…
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