Dissemination of improved genetics from community-based breeding programs to new villages
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Aynalem Haile, Tesfaye Getachew, Mourad Rekik, Barbara Rischkowsky. (1/12/2019). Dissemination of improved genetics from community-based breeding programs to new villages.
As part of the priority country initiative of consolidating CRP research to date and translate it into a pilot integrated package of interventions, the genetics team focused among others on dissemination of improved genetics from community-based breeding programs. Small ruminant producers in Ethiopia had little or no access to genetically improved sheep and goat breeding animals. There was little capacity and skills and no supporting infrastructure in the national system to support breeding programs for smallholder sheep and goat producer. ICARDA and ILRI have worked on community-based breeding programs in Ethiopia since 2010. Successes and still existing challenges are well documented. In this initiative the superior sires from the CBBPs will be used to jump start breeding programs in the new villages.