The livelihoods of smallholder farmers in rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) often depend on their livestock. Cattle, and especially dairy cattle, are an important agricultural resource to smallholder farmers in SSA providing a source of animal protein to farm families, as well as increased market opportunities through local sales. Infectious diseases are a major constraint on cattle productivity and create vulnerabilities for smallholder farmers in developing countries. The objective of this international research collaboration is to accelerate the development of vaccine technology for two critical cattle diseases impacting smallholder farmers in SSA.
Lead Department or Center: Animal Science (ASCI)
Co-Primary Investigators: Soren Buus, University of Copenhagen, Denmark; William Golde, USDA Plum Island Animal Disease Center; Vish Nene, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi, Kenya
Project Timing: May 2010 – April 2013