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Voices on chicken genetics: Using the best science to improve chickens breeds in Africa

Olivier Hanotte, scientific advisorĀ at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), introduces himself and his work with the program. It is one of a series of portraits of key people in Africa Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG). 1,383 more words


Improving the productivity of small ruminants in Kenya's climate-smart villages

Small ruminants, mainly goats and sheep, can play a key role in helping farming communities adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. In Nyando, western Kenya where resilient cross breeds of these animals better adapted to changing feed and water conditions are being kept since 2014, the local community is already reporting additional income, with a positive impact on household food security. 119 more words


Busy blogging

I have been busy blogging but just not here, after launching a Research Staff Group blog for the School of Biosciences, Cardiff University back in March. 384 more words

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The Horro breed: A success story of improving chicken in Ethiopia

Wondmeneh Esatu, national coordinator of the African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG) project at the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR), has been working to improve the productivity of the indigenous Horro chicken through selective breeding since 2011. 338 more words


Comparison of different poultry breeds under station and on-farm conditions in Ethiopia

A selective breeding program was implemented to improve the performance of indigenous chickens in Ethiopia. Improved chicken from the 7th generation were compared with commercial layer, crossbred and unselected indigenous chickens both on-station and on-farm. 289 more words


Participatory definition of breeding objectives for sheep breeds under pastoral systems - Red Maasai and Dorper sheep in Kenya

Crossing local breeds with exotic breeds may be an option for increased livestock productivity. However, there is a risk for endangerment of the local breeds. One such case is in Kenya where the imported Dorper breed is used for crossbreeding with Red Maasai sheep. 237 more words


Photo story: Process of introducing chicks of selected strains in Ethiopia

The African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG) project’s chicken hatching and brooding facilities in Ethiopia are located in the Debre Zeit Agricultural Research Centre of the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) whose entrance is pictured above. 198 more words