Monday, January 23, 2023

China-Africa Donkey Trade

 The South African Institute of International Affairs published in January 2023 a study titled "China, Africa and the Market for Donkeys: Keeping the Cart Behind the Donkey" by Lauren Johnston.  

China's demand for donkey hides, which are used to make an ancient health-related product, has led to a shortage of donkeys in China and sky-rocketing demand for Africa's donkeys.  This has resulted in the emergence of illicit and even more inhumane and unhygienic cross-border and regional donkey trade.  The paper offers policy suggestions that may help to create a donkey market that supports inclusive high quality, mutual objectives.