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  1. Library Resource
    Conference Papers & Reports
    December, 2006

    The livelihoods of pastoralists revolve around their indigenous livestock. Combining high

    production with disease resistance using genetic engineering is a biotechnological intervention

    hailed by some as a promising avenue to mitigate food insecurity and poverty. Considerable

    human and financial resources have already been devoted to exploring this option. However, the

    challenges are enormous. It is unlikely that such livestock would survive in the harsh ecosystems

  2. Library Resource
    Conference Papers & Reports
    December, 2006
    Africa, Eastern Africa

    This paper investigates preferences for cattle traits among a pastoral community in a trypanosomosis prevalent area in Kenya. Choice experiments and mixed logit models are employed to estimate economic values of preferred traits which could be introduced through systematic breeding in breed improvement programs that utilise trypanotolerance trait. The findings suggest preference for traits linked to drought tolerance, high live weight, trypanotolerance and fecundity.

  3. Library Resource
    Reports & Research
    December, 2006
    Ethiopia, Kenya, Africa, Eastern Africa

    Decentralization and community participation are major themes in current development policy. This study investigates perspectives on development held by individuals in arid and semi-arid areas of northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia that are predominantly used for pastoral production. Using a ranking exercise, individuals were asked to identify the most helpful types of development interventions in their opinion in the past, and also indicate their priorities for future development interventions. Results suggest there is relative consensus around a few key development interventions.

  4. Library Resource
    Conference Papers & Reports
    December, 2006
    Uganda, Africa, Eastern Africa

    Nineteen microsatellite markers were used to investigate the genetic diversity, phylogenetic

    relationships and herd structure of Ugandan Ankole cattle. A total of 304 animals from 8 herds in

    Mbarara District were characterised. Across all loci, 200 alleles were observed. A high mean

    number of alleles (MNA) per locus, ranging from 5.89 to 6.79 per herd, was observed. Polymorphic

    information content (PIC) ranged from 0.403 (ILSTS013) to 0.817 (ILSTS036), with an overall

  5. Library Resource
    Reports & Research
    December, 2006
    Kenya, Eastern Africa

    This report focuses on the issues surrounding livestock marketing in Turkana District. The report 's authors undertook an extensive literature review and conducted field work in Turkana in early 2006. They characterized and described the livestock marketing systems operating in the district, identified problems and constraints, and made a series of recommendations intended to increase the number of pastoralists profitably accessing livestock markets. Finally, they identified researchable issues which would enable a better understanding of livestock marketing in Turkana District.

  6. Library Resource
    Reports & Research
    December, 2006
    Kenya, Eastern Africa

    This report characterises the extent of livelihood diversification in Turkana District, briefly surveys a range of options, identifies their relative strengths and weaknesses, and makes recommendations for supportive interventions by development actors. It relies on three main sources of information: a literature review, key informant interviews, and focus group discussions. A case study approach was used to gain further insights into selected diversification opportunities. The study team, however, noted that, when applying an agreed selection criteria (i.e.

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