The Finnish Government recently approved a new project part of the ‘Livestock and Fish’ research program of the CGIAR. Led by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the three-year project aims to improve food and nutritional security through better utilisation of dairy cattle breed or cross-breed types in Senegal.
The specific objectives are to:
- Determine the most appropriate dairy breed/cross-breed types for peri-urban dairy production systems in Senegal, and disseminate this information;
- Characterise the dairy germplasm production chain, and related policies, and use this information to develop a strategy for strengthened dairy germplasm production and delivery systems;
- Enhance local human, institutional and organizational capacity on accessing and promoting different breeds/cross-breeds of livestock.
The project ‘improved food and nutritional security from better utilisation of dairy cattle breed-types types in Senegal’ is funded by the the Finnish Government’s FoodAfrica Programme. It is led by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), in partnership with the Senegal Institute for Agricultural Research (ISRA), the University of Helsinki and Agrifood Research Finland.
More information is available from Dr. Karen Marshall (k.marshall AT cgiar.org) or on the project web site.