In late 2016, the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish produced several synthesis products, including a series of briefs on its animal health work carried out between 2012 and 2016. This brief reviews interventions and tools to address pig diseases in Uganda.
This week’s Joint International Conference of the Association of Institutions for Tropical Veterinary Medicine and the Society of Tropical Veterinary Medicine featured a presentation on Value chain actors’ practices associated with the spread of African swine fever disease in smallholder pig systems in Uganda
The smallholder pg value chain project in Uganda recently produced two posters – for farmers and for butchers – giving information on how to recognize African Swine fever (ASF).
In 2015, ILRI scientists leading small ruminant and pig health projects in Ethiopia and Uganda took a special interest in the (human) gender dimensions of their projects. Working with the Livestock and Fish Gender Initiative, veterinarians Barbara Wieland and Michel Dione carried out further gender analysis in their projects to discover ways this could improve the design and delivery of animal health gains to the communities they work with.
Smallholder pig farmers were recently trained in biosecurity measures to control African swine fever as part of a wider effort to control spread of the disease in Uganda.
African swine fever is one of the major constraints to the productivity of pig enterprises in Uganda. Research efforts to understand how the disease spreads has mostly focused on producers, but other actors in the pig value chain, especially traders, transporters and butchers also play a role in spreading the disease.
Joyce Akol, a molecular biology MSc student with Makerere University and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), has been selected to participate in a two-week training organized by the Biosciences east and central Africa-ILRI (BecA-ILRI) Hub.