Sustainable management of globally significant endemic ruminant livestock of West Africa (PROGEBE)

Published on 9 November 2010

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Start Date: 1 January 2008 | End Date: 31 December 2013

Overview

Due to demographic pressure, drought and human activity (e.g. deforestation, agriculture and bush fires), several species of endemic ruminant livestock breeds are threatened with extinction or dilution of their specific genetic traits. Their natural habitats are also increasingly being invaded by exotic livestock and converted into agricultural land with widespread deforestation due to strong demand for wood energy. Therefore, this project (also referred to by its French acronym, PROGEBE, Projet Régional de Gestion Durable du Bétail Ruminant Endémique) aims at preserving and strengthening sustainably the genetic characteristics of endemic livestock, and increasing its productivity and marketing in a enabling physical and institutional environment.

Funding: UNDP, GEF, and the African Development Bank

Partner: International Trypanotolerance Centre, the Gambia

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