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Harnessing genetic diversity for improving goat productivity in Africa

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Presented by Getinet Mekuriaw at the ILRI Institute Planning Meeting, Nairobi, 4-7 October 2016

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Harnessing genetic diversity for improving goat productivity in Africa

  1. 1. Harnessing Genetic Diversity for Improving Goat Productivity in Africa Getinet Mekuriaw Bahir Dar University and Beca-ILRI ILRI Institute Planning Meeting 4-7 October 2016
  2. 2. • Play important role for livelihood of resource poor farmers • In Cameroon, Small ruminants sector in provides about 20% of the meat consumption • In Ethiopia, Small ruminants contribute about:  about 12% of the total annual meat production  90% of the live animal  92% of the total skin export trade value Why goats?
  3. 3. Objective of the project • to increase goat productivity through strengthening the capacity of national goat breeding programs in selected countries in Africa
  4. 4. Major activities carried out a) Partners identification and Institutional arrangements b) Research team building = 13 fellows completed their study PhD fellows MSc fellows Research assistants Interns Project coordinators c) Training at various level e) Defining the breeding objectives (participatory) and establishing CBBP and IPF d)Production/farming system characterization and monitoring
  5. 5.  Farming systems are characterized  Breeding objectives are defined in the study areas  CBBP and IPF are established  Indigenous goat populations are characterized at genome wide level  Capacity building  >20 scientific papers are produced Key achievements Cameroon goat
  6. 6. Strengthening the existing interventions in both countries:  Meeting producers’ /farmers expectation Further understanding of genomic landscape and demographic dynamics of the goat populations Supporting the breeding programs with molecular tools: Trait based genomic evaluation DNA profiling/parentage verification, etc Expanding the program to other African countries through community practice (CoP) What is next?
  7. 7. Thank you Mobilizing biosciences for Africa’s development