Trails for local breeds
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CTA. 2005. Trails for local breeds. Spore 117. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Given FAO s role in drawing up the Global Strategy for the Management of Farm Animal Genetic Resources, it is only natural that its website should offer the best starting point for this subject.
Given FAO s role in drawing up the Global Strategy for the Management of Farm Animal Genetic Resources, it is only natural that its website should offer the best starting point for this subject. As a first step and to get an idea of the global nature of this strategy go to the section on the Commission of Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA). Here you will find reports from the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources (ITWG-AnGR). Other more specific documents relating to certain ACP regions can be found in the virtual library of the Domestic Animal Diversity Information System (DAD-IS), which is full of useful links and contacts. Among other purposes, this site seeks to provide information and assistance to governments, NGOs, research and training teams and international agencies working in the field of farm animal genetic resources in various regions of the world. It has several searchable databases so that visitors can find out about the local breeds present in a given country, together with their chief characteristics. Another good source of information is the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Progress in characterising native breeds and the extent of interest in farm animal genetic resources varies from one region to another. Among the front-runners, the countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are brimming with ideas on how to protect local breeds (see Spore 107). The proceedings of four regional workshops organised within the SADC (Mbabane and Lusaka in 2001, Luanda in 2002 and Maputo in 2003) are summarised in a book published by the German development corporation (GTZ) with the support of FAO and CTA. Its conclusions are also relevant for other parts of the world. Farm Animal Genetic Resources comes with an accompanying CD-ROM, containing the full proceedings of these workshops. For the Caribbean region, take a look at the website of the Caribbean Small Ruminants Network (CASRUNET). GTZ is closely involved in studying the role of pastoral communities in the preservation of diversity among farm animals. A useful document, though available only in French, is a report entitled Gestion à base communautaire de la diversité zoogénétique. It offers a good introduction to these issues, as does the website of the League for Pastoral Peoples. For further information: CASRUNET www.procicaribe.org/networks/casrunet/index.htm CGRFA www.fao.org/ag/cgrfa/angr.htm DAD-IS www.fao.org/dad-is ILRI www.ilri.cgiar.org Farm Animal Genetic Resources Book and CD-ROM CTA number 1221 10 credit points Gestion à base communautaire de la diversité zoogénétique By I Köhler-Rollefson Downloadable in French only from: www2.gtz.de/agrobiodiv/download/koefrenc.pdf League for Pastoral Peoples www.pastoralpeoples.org