Promoting Strategies for Sustainable Management of Trypanotolerant Cattle Breed in West Africa
A comprehensive program in the sustainable management of the region’s animal resources remains a veritable key to food security and poverty reduction in rural communities.
Domestic cattle populations in West Africa are a unique interface between the taurine and zebu breeds. The zebu cattle predominantly found in the dry Sahel are adapted to heat, have high capabilities for long migration,but they are susceptible to deadly parasitic disease,animal trypanosomiasis. This disease causes serious economic losses in livestock from anemia, loss of condition and emaciation. The taurine cattle on the other hand are tolerant to trypanosomiasis, thus presenting them as valuable genetic stock with high potentials for production in regions where trypanosomiasis poses great threat to cattle production.
This project is conducting phenotypic and molecular characterization of cattle populations in Burkina Faso, Benin and Mali with the goal of identifying geographic and biological patterns of admixture amongst taurine and zebu populations. This project is also linking-up with several regional livestock projects on cattle. A comprehensive cattle management program in West Africa is expected to be delivered to decision-makers.
Cattle farmers are the ultimate beneficiaries of this project. They will benefit from a more robust and sustainable cattle management methods. Policymakers will be provided with policy options backed with empirical evidence on the sustainable use of livestock biodiversity. Research scientists will benefit from techniques in molecular marking of animal materials.
Main Regional Benefits
Techniques developed in this project for geographic and biological genetic mapping of cattle in the three participating countries could be adapted to the other countries of the region.
This project is funded through the CORAF/WECARD MDTF with contributions from the EC and CIDA. It is coordinated by CORAF/WECARD. The implementing partners are: INERA, Burkina Faso; INRAB, Benin; Institut Polytechnique Rural de Formation et de Recherches Appliquées, Mali; Animal Genetics and Reproduction Areas, Spain; CIRDES, Burkina Faso; and PROGEBE/ILRI, Gambia.
Gene Flow Mapping
||Outcome 1Increased availability and accessibility of knowledge for decision-making in cattle management
Enhanced environmental sustainability in cattle producing zones of the region
Improved cattle productivity in West Africa.
Improved income and livelihoods of smallholder cattle farmers in the rural areas.
|3Livestock Management Options
|Outcome 2Increased use of best practices in cattle management|
||Outcome 3Enhanced capacity of project participating countries to conduct research on animal resources management|
For more information
Please contact: Dr. Abdulai Jalloh
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