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Strategies for Sustainable Use of Indigenous Cattle Genetic Resources in Southern Africa

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Department of Animal Sciences, Faculty of AgriSciences, Stellenbosch University, Private Bag X1, Matieland 7602, South Africa
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Animal and Poultry Science, School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, P/Bag X 01, Scottsville 3209, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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Diversity 2019, 11(11), 214; https://doi.org/10.3390/d11110214
Received: 14 October 2019 / Revised: 31 October 2019 / Accepted: 5 November 2019 / Published: 12 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Conservation of Rare Breeds of Livestock)
Indigenous cattle breeds are the most important livestock species in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region owing to their role in human food, nutrition, income, and social security. Despite the role of these breeds in the household and national economies, they are currently underutilised, their productivity remains low, and populations are faced with extinction. In addition, there are insufficient measures taken to secure their present and future value. The current review highlights strategies for sustainable use of indigenous cattle genetic resources in the region, including the use of novel production and marketing practices, women and youth empowerment, and development of the appropriate capacity building, legislative, and policy structures. At present, the lack of coordination among the different stakeholders still poses a challenge to the implementation of these strategies. To this end, partnerships, collaboration, and stakeholders’ participation are recommended to effectively implement strategies for sustainable use of indigenous cattle breeds. View Full-Text
Keywords: food security; indigenous cattle; genetic diversity; SADC; sustainable use food security; indigenous cattle; genetic diversity; SADC; sustainable use
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Mapiye, C.; Chikwanha, O.C.; Chimonyo, M.; Dzama, K. Strategies for Sustainable Use of Indigenous Cattle Genetic Resources in Southern Africa. Diversity 2019, 11, 214.

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