Niamana livestock market in Mali

At the Niamana Livestock Market, in Bamako, the largest in Mali, animals for sale and slaughter including trypanosomosis-resistant humpless Ndama cattle and humped Zebu (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann).

A new study published in the April 2013 issue of the journal Environmental Economics has identified the key cattle attributes considered most important by smallholders in the Malian humid and sub-humid zones, and the implications on production, marketing and animal genetic resource management.

The study found that the body condition, agroecological origin and category of the transacted animal were the most important attributes of cattle sold in selected markets in the Malian humid and sub-humid zones.

These findings will enable producers and traders of trypanotolerant Ndama cattle to make more informed production and marketing decisions because they would be better informed about how the attributes of cattle they put on the market are rewarded or penalized.

Access the abstract and full-text article

Fadiga ML. 2013. Valuation of cattle attributes in the Malian humid and sub-humid zones and implications for sustainable management of endemic ruminant livestock. Environmental Economics 4(1): 39-50.


Goats in a West African village

Welcome to the blog of the Regional project for sustainable management of globally significant endemic ruminant livestock, often simply referred to by its acronym in French, PROGEBE (Projet régional de gestion durable du bétail ruminant endémique en Afrique de l’Ouest).

Due to demographic pressure, drought and human activity such as deforestation and agriculture, several species of endemic ruminant livestock breeds are threatened with extinction or dilution of their specific genetic traits. Their natural habitats are also increasingly being invaded by exotic livestock and converted into agricultural land with widespread deforestation due to strong demand for wood energy.

Therefore, PROGEBE aims at preserving and sustainably strengthening the genetic characteristics of endemic livestock, increasing their productivity, and marketing them in an enabling physical and institutional environment.

The overall goal of the project is to ensure sustainable populations of targeted endemic ruminant livestock breeds in four West African countries – the Gambia, Guinea, Mali and Senegal – in order to improve rural economies and to ensure the conservation of these breeds and their globally unique genetic traits.

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

This blog serves as a platform for the project partners to share updates and information about the project, including working papers, reports, presentations and videos, as well as to document milestones and lessons learned.

For more information about PROGEBE, please visit the project website.