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Sustainable Utilization of Indigenous Goats in Southern Africa

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Department of Animal Science and Production, Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Private Bag 0027, Gaborone, Botswana
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Department of Agricultural Research, Private bag 0033, Gaborone, Botswana
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Department of Para-clinical Veterinary Studies, University of Zimbabwe, P.O. Box MP167, Mt Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe
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Animal Science Department, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, P.O. Box 219, Lilongwe, Malawi
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Diversity 2020, 12(1), 20; https://doi.org/10.3390/d12010020
Received: 7 October 2019 / Revised: 22 October 2019 / Accepted: 24 October 2019 / Published: 1 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Conservation of Rare Breeds of Livestock)
Goats have a key role in ensuring food security and economic livelihood to smallholder farmers in rural areas. Women play a vital role in goat rearing, promoting economic autonomy within households. Indigenous goats dominate and are of high significance due to their adaptive traits that are relevant for climate change and low maintenance. However, lack of emphasis on farmer-centered technology development and proper breed characterization remains a hitch to sustainable utilization and breed development of indigenous goats. This can be over come through proper linkage between market and production, workable regional and national agricultural policies, community breeding programs, collaborative research work within the region, and consistent government support. View Full-Text
Keywords: food security; goats; climate change; Southern Africa food security; goats; climate change; Southern Africa
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Monau, P.; Raphaka, K.; Zvinorova-Chimboza, P.; Gondwe, T. Sustainable Utilization of Indigenous Goats in Southern Africa. Diversity 2020, 12, 20.

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