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Preservation of the unique gene pool of Lesotho’s indigenous chickens


Titre :Preservation of the unique gene pool of Lesotho’s indigenous chickens

Pays : Lesotho

Numéro projet : LSO/SGP/OP4/Y2/CORE/2008/02

Domaine : Biodiversity

Durée : 2008-2010

Bénéficiaires : Rural Self-Help Development Association

For Lesotho, the loss of gene pool of indigenous chickens poses several significant problems such as lack of disease resistance of which those genes are available in indeginous chickens which are endangered and face extinction. Indigenous chickens, a significant buffer against poor nutrition and poverty reduction for subsistence farmers, have forage freely in villages without requiring expensive feed and building their immunity to most local diseases. The project aims to research and demonstrate the performance of indigenous chickens (true-to-type-Basotho chicken) under propoer management and to initiate breeding to sustainable levels. It is also meant to create awareness and add value to the importance of the indigenous chickens by government and wider Lesotho community. Indigenous chickens will be identified from various community areas in the country for breeding in a model model breeding farm in the vicinity of the target community at Ha Noosi - Mafeteng, one of the driest districts of Lesotho with high drought and environmental degradation risks and low soil fertility. The project will target vulnerable households and will adopt a pass-the-gift system.

Caractéristiques et résultats
Continuous dissemination of project results through open days, seminars and through the Grantee website and collaboration with other NGOs and institutions is being pursued in a bid to garner more support and to mobilize new and additional resources to upscale
A study was conducted, jointly with the Department of Livestock Services, on the socio-economic status of villge poultry with the objective of raising the status of village chicken as an important contributor to household income and food and also to deepen undertstanding of the status and generate contenet to engaging with policy maker to invest on the indigenous chickens as a genetic resource of national significance. Seminars are being held to disseminate the project results and findings further to inform and influence policy

Grant Amount (GEF Small Grants Programme) : US$ 32,660.00
Co-Finanshing Cash : US$ 49,803.00
Co-Finanshing in-Kind : US$ 41,560.00

GEF Small Grants Programme

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