Earlier this year the Finnish Government’s FoodAfrica Programme agreed to fund a project of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in partnership with the University of Bamako, the University of Helsinki, and Agrifood Research Finland.
Entitled ‘improved food and nutritional security from better utilisation of dairy cattle breed/cross-breed types in Mali,’ the objectives are:
- Determine the most appropriate dairy breed/ cross-breed types for peri-urban dairy production systems in Mali, and disseminate this information;
- Characterise the dairy germplasm production chain, and related policies, and use this information to develop a strategy for strengthened dairy germplasm production and delivery systems;
- Enhance local human, institutional and organizational capacity on accessing and promoting different breeds/cross-breeds of livestock.