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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-07-01 - 2020-06-30

Stakeholders to the pig value chain in Uganda – including women and men smallhold farmers, and other value chain actors – have identified poor pig genetics as a key constraint that requires urgent addressing through institutional, research and farmer level action. This participatory research project will work with stakeholders to achieve this. The project’s specific objective is to increase the productivity and profitability of the Ugandan smallholder pig enterprises through: identifying the most appropriate pig breed-type(s); developing a genetic improvement strategy to ensure the availability and accessibility of genetically superior pigs; and supporting the uptake and optimal management of the genetically superior pigs by women and men smallhold pig keepers. Results of the project will be: - Evidence base on the productivity and profitability of different household pig enterprises (in terms of pig breed or cross-breed types kept, and level of management) - Evidence base on the contribution to, and benefit from, different household pig enterprises from an intrahousehold perspective (i.e. that of household women, men, girls and boys) - More profitable and productive household pig enterprises, equitably benefiting household members, through use of the evidence base for decision making and via built smallholder capacity on pig management - Genetic improvement strategy for the smallhold pig sector of Uganda, designed and owned by stakeholders, and in initial stages of implementation in relation to the breed registration scheme Project activities. Project activities comprise elements of research, business development and capacity building, as it is recognised that these are jointly required to achieve the project results and objective.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-01-01 - 2019-06-30

Objectives: - to assess barn climatic conditions/indoor air quality in dairy farms in Kosovo and Macedonia and to assess in parallel the welfare of the dairy cattle both during the summer and the winter period. - to establish associations between the barn climatic parameters and the welfare outcome measures as obtained from an acknowledged on-farm assessment protocol. - to disseminate the acquired knowledge to the scientific community as well as to different stakeholders. - to strengthen the research capacities of animal welfare research institutions in Kosovo and Macedonia through international cooperation, know-how exchange and implementation of state-of-the-art scientific methods Project activities: - Establishment of protocols for assessment if barn climatic conditions in small-scale dairy farms - Training in on-farm welfare assessment using the Welfare Quality protocol - Repeated on-farm data collection in 8 farms in Kosovo and Macedonia each (3x during summer, 3x during winter) - Analysis of associations between barn climatic conditions and animal-based welfare outcome measures - Publication of findings in scientific journal - Dissemination of findings to stakeholders (i.e. farmers, advisors, veterinarians)
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-09-01 - 2020-08-31

The goal of the project is to improve animal health and welfare on fattening pig farms. Ideally, this can reduce the use of medicines. Therefore, • existing data (from abattoir and tratment data) will be linked and provided as a tool for health management to farmers and their veterinarians. A catalogue will enable the farmer to interpret abattoir findings. • „Tools“ (e.g. checklists or apps) will be developed which support farmers and vets to identify riskfactors and associated farm individual improvement strategies. • practicability and effectiveness of tools and (abattoir) data will be tested for advisory activities on-farm The project is divided into the following phases: • Development: programming of an interface between treatment data, productivity data and abattoir data. Development of tools and catalogue. • Implementation: Assessment of situation, implementation of measures on pilot farms (4) and project farms (30). • Evaluation: of effectiveness of developed tools; publication

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