Institut für Ernährungswirtschaft und Verbrauchslehre

Ouma, Dr. Emily Awuor

Research Area

Producer Preferences for Cattle Traits


Curriculum Vitae

25.10.1973 born in Nairobi, Kenia


1988 - 1991 Pangani Girls´ School, Qualification: O-level
04/1993 - 04/1998 Egerton University , Njoro , Kenya , Qualification: BSc in Agricultural Economics
09/2000 - 04/2003 Egerton University , Njoro , Kenya, Qualification: MSc in Agricultural Economics, MSc Thesis title: An Analysis of the Economic Value of Cattle in Smallholder Livestock Production Systems in Kenya
06 - 07/2004 The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (KVL) Copenhagen , Denmark, Course: Globalisation and Food Security: Food and Agricultural Policy for Developing Countries


1998 - 2000 Research Technician, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) – Nairobi , Kenya
2001 - 2003 MSc Graduate Fellow, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) – Nairobi, Kenya
2004 - 2007 PhD Student, Institut für Ernährungswirtschaft und Verbrauchslehre, Lehrstuhl Ernährungsökonomie der Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
03.05.2007 Promotion


PhD Thesis

Economic valuation of phenotypic cattle trait preferences in trypanosomosis prevalent production systems of Eastern Africa: Implications for sustainable cattle breeding programs

Project Participation

  • Drittmittelprojekt ETH Zürich ZIL Projekt: Developing optimized cattle breeding schemes, with a special focus on trypanotolerance based on the demands and opportunities of poor livestock keepers. Leitung: Prof. Dr. Awudu Abdulai, Projektpartner: ILRI, Äthiopien, Mittelgeber: ETH Zürich Schweiz


  • Emily Ouma , Awudu Abdulai , and Adam Drucker (forthcoming). Measuring Heterogeneous Preferences for Cattle Traits Amongst Cattle Keeping Households in East Africa, American Journal of Agricultural Economics.
  • Emily Ouma and Awudu Abdulai (2006).“Contribution of Economics to the Design of Sustainable Cattle Breeding Programs in Eastern Africa : A Choice Experiment Approach”. Paper Contribution to the 26 th International Conference of Agricultural Economists, August 12 th -18 th 2006, Brisbane, Australia .
  • Emily Ouma , Awudu Abdulai and Adam Drucker (2006).“Pastoralists Preferences for Cattle Traits: Letting them be Heard”. Paper Contribution for the Policy Research Conference on Pastoralism and Poverty Reduction in East Africa, June 27-28, 2006, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Emily Ouma , Awudu Abdulai and Adam Drucker (2006). “Factors Influencing Cooperation and Collective Action: Implications for Communal Cattle Breeding Schemes in Trypanosomosis Prevalent Areas in Eastern Africa”. Poster Presentation at the Deutscher Tropentag Conference 2006 on Prosperity and Poverty in a Globalised World - Challenges for Agricultural Research, October 11-13 2006, Bonn, Germany.
  • Ouma, E., and Abdulai, A. (2006). Bewertung der Präferenzen für Rindereigenschaften in Rinderproduktionssystemen von Landwirten in Ost-Afrika im Kontext der Trypanotoleranz. 56. Öffentliche Hochschultagung der Agrar- und Ernährungswissenschaftlichen Fakultät, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, 03.02.2006, Poster.
  • Ouma, E. (2005). Improved cattle breeds from ILRI-KARI field trials: Pastoralists’ Perceptions. Research. Report on Preliminary Findings for USAID-funded ILRI-KARI Collaborative Project.
  • Ouma, E., and A. Abdulai (2005). Importance of economic valuation of farmer preferences for cattle traits in design of sustainable breeding programs in Eastern Africa , in the context of trypanotolerance. Paper presented at the European/EAAE PhD Workshop, Wageningen University , 22-23 September 2005.
  • Ouma, E., Abdulai, A., and A. Drucker (2005). Contribution of economic valuation of cattle traits to the development of sustainable cattle breeding schemes: Case of pastoral and crop-livestock systems of Eastern Africa . Deutscher Tropentag 2005, The Global Food and product Chain – dynamics, innovations, conflicts and strategies, 11-13 October 2005, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany (Abstract published in Book of Abstracts, ISBN 3000170634).
  • Ouma, E., Abdulai, A., and A. Drucker (2005). Assessment of farmer preferences for cattle traits in smallholder cattle production systems of Kenya . Paper presented at the XIth European Association of Agricultural Economists Congress 2005, The Future of Rural Europe in the Global Agri-Food System, 24-27 August 2005, Copenhagen , Denmark , Session 4_420.
  • Ouma E., G. Obare, A. Abdulai, and A. Drucker (2004). Assessment of Farmer Preferences for Cattle Traits in Smallholder Cattle Production Systems of Kenya and Ethiopia . Paper presented at the Deutscher Tropentag Conference 2004 held in October 5-7 2004 at the Humboldt-University in Berlin . Conference Theme: Rural Poverty Reduction through Research for Development and Transformation. Full Text
  • Obare, G., S. Mwakubo, L. Mohammed, J. Omiti, and E. Ouma (2004). Social Capital and Soil Erosion Control in Agriculturally Marginal Areas of Kenya : The Case of Machakos and Taita Taveta Districts. Paper presented at the Inaugural Symposium of the Association of African Agricultural Economists (AAAE) on Shaping the Future of African Agriculture for Development: The Role of Social Scientists, held on 6-9 December 2004, at the Grand Regency Hotel, Nairobi , Kenya .
  • Ouma E., G. Obare, and S. Staal (2004). The Socio-economic Dimensions of Smallholder Livestock Management in Kenya and its Effects on Competitiveness of Crop-livestock Systems. NARO Conference proceedings in: Uganda Journal of Agricultural Sciences (9), pp. 1-37.
  • Ouma E., G. Obare, and S. Staal (2003). Cattle as Assets: Assessment of non -Market Benefits of Cattle in Smallholder Crop–Livestock Systems. Paper presented at the 25 the International Conference of Agricultural Economists, August 16 – 22 nd 2003, Durban , South Africa .
  • de Wolff, T., Staal, S.J., Kruska, R., Ouma, E., Thornton, P., and Thorpe, W. (2000). Improving GIS-derived measures of farm market access: an application to milk markets in the east African Highlands. In: Proceedings of the 5 th Seminar on GIS and Developing Countries (GISDECO), 2 – 3 November 2000, IRRI, Los Banos, Philippines.
  • Tangka F., E. Ouma, and S. Staal (1999). Women and Sustainable Development of Market - oriented Dairying: Evidence from the Highland of East Africa. Paper presented at the International Sustainable Development Research Conference. Devonshire Hall, University of Leeds , UK , March 25 – 26, 1999 .