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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
    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

  4. Library Resource
    Conference Papers & Reports
    November, 2006
    Niger, Africa, Middle Africa, Western Africa

    Farmer-herder conflicts are enduring features of social life in the Sudano-Sahelian zone.

    A survey was carried out between August and December 2004 in four sites in Niger,

    namely Bokki, Katanga, Sabon Gida and Tountoubé to determine the proximate and

    long-term causes of conflict over natural resource use, to evaluate the appropriateness of

    existing institutional arrangements for managing conflicts and identify innovative options

    and incentives to reduce the incidence and severity of conflicts. The research was

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