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  • Year Published: 2013
    Author/s: Tristan Knowles, Roderick Campbell
    Commissioned by: World Animal Protection
    Suggested citation:
    Economists at Large, 2014, A Benefit-cost analysis of WSPA’s 2012 Intervention in the Dhemaji district of Assam, India. A report for The World Society for the Protection of Animals, prepared by Economists at Large, Melbourne, Australia
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  • WSPA’s short-term response (STR) to the 2012 Assam floods protected livestock production worth USD$4.7 million.
  • Costing only USD$49,000, the STR provided very high returns at low cost.
  • Net benefit and benefit cost ratio calculations depend on the percentage of livestock value actually attributable to the response, which is uncertain.
  • At a rate of 100%:
    • Net benefits of USD$4,690,986
    • Benefit-cost ratio of 96
  • At a rate of 50%, highly likely based on interviews with beneficiaries:
    • Net benefits of USD$2,320,831
    • Benefit-cost ratio of 48
  • To break even in economic terms, the response only needed to assist 1% of livestock production. Based on interview responses this was easily exceeded.
  • Protecting livestock in the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster provides such high economic returns as it directly assists the livelihoods and existing productive assets of local people.