West African goat

PROGEBE (Projet régional de gestion durable du bétail ruminant endémique en Afrique de l’Ouest) is the French acronym commonly used to refer to the Regional Project for Sustainable Management of Globally Significant Endemic Ruminant Livestock. The project is implemented in 12 pilot sites in four West African countries: the Gambia, Guinea, Mali and Senegal.

The objective of PROGEBE is to develop, test and implement models for community-based conservation and management approaches and related strategies for preserving unique genetic traits and habitat complexes that are of global and regional significance in the four project countries.

The project seeks to analyze the barriers tto in situ conservation and sustainable management of three priority endemic livestock species:

  • N’Dama cattle;
  • Djallonke sheep; and
  • the West African Dwarf goat.

Specific objectives

  • Establishment of effective models for community based management of endemic ruminant livestock and their habitat at project pilot sites
  • Enhanced productivity of purebred species through selective breeding and production improvements
  • Implementation of incentive schemes to foster optimal valorization of endemic livestock, improved marketing and distribution channels for dairy products and crafts, and increased offtake and exports of endemic purebreds to neighboring countries
  • Harmonized sub-regional policies for livestock management, including transhumance (herd movements)
  • A system of regional information sharing, cooperation and exchanges relevant to endemic ruminant livestock

Expected outcomes

  • Production and productivity of endemic ruminant livestock are sustainably improved
  • Commercialization and marketing systems of endemic ruminant livestock and livestock products are strengthened
  • Natural resources in project pilot sites are conserved and sustainably managed for the benefit of endemic ruminant livestock, ecosystem services and human livelihoods
  • Legal, policy and institutional frameworks are established at the local, national and sub-regional levels for in situ conservation of endemic ruminant livestock
  • A sub-regional system is established for cooperation, information exchange and coordinated support for the conservation of endemic livestock


  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Centre International de Recherche-Développement sur l’élevage en zone Sub-humide (CIRDES) [International Center for Livestock Research and Development in Subhumid Zones] in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
  • Ministries and institutions in charge of livestock in the four member countries
    • International Trypanotolerance Centre (ITC) in The Gambia
    • Institut de Recherche Agronomique de Guinée (IRAG)
    • Institut d’Economie Rurale (IER) in Mali
    • Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles (ISRA)


The project is mainly funded by the African Development Bank  (AfDB) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the governments of member countries and partners, ITC, UNOPS, ILRI, FAO and CIRDES.

It is implemented by the ITC and the ministries in charge of livestock for AfDB and UNOPS for GEF.

The AfDB and GEF components will last six years (2008–2013) and 10 years (2003–2016), respectively.


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