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Rapid losses of Africa’s native livestock threaten continent’s food supply, experts warn

ScienceDaily (July 21, 2010)

Rapid losses of Africa’s native livestock threaten continent’s food supply, experts warn

ScienceDaily (July 21, 2010)

Urgent action is needed to stop the rapid and alarming loss of genetic diversity of African livestock that provide food and income to 70 percent of rural Africans and include a treasure-trove of drought- and disease-resistant animals, according to a new analysis presented at a major gathering of African scientists and development experts

LRI’s push to preserve Africa’s indigenous livestock is part of a broader effort to improve productivity on African farms through what is known as "landscape genomics." Landscape genomics involves, among other things, sequencing the genomes of different livestock varieties from many regions and looking for the genetic signatures associated with their suitability to a particular environment.

ILRI experts see landscape genomics as particularly important as climate change accelerates, requiring animal breeders to respond every more quickly and expertly to shifting conditions on the ground. But they caution that in Africa in particular the ability of farmers and herders to adapt to new climates depends directly on the continent’s wealth of native livestock diversity.

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