16 Works

Rift Valley fever virus seroprevalence data from cattle, sheep and goats sampled in a cross sectional survey in Tana River County, Kenya (2013)

B. Bett, J.F. Lindahl, S. Wanyoike & D. Grace
These data provide results from serological analysis carried out on serum collected from cattle (sample number = 460), goats (sample number = 949) and sheep (Sample number = 574) combined with data collected at the household and subject/animal levels at the time of serum sampling. The data collected at the household and subject/animal levels were: the total number of livestock owned by a household, altitude, geographical coordinates of the sampling sites; and breed, age, sex...

Data from: Genome-wide diversity and demographic dynamics of Cameroon goats and their divergence from east African, north African, and Asian conspecifics

Getinet M. Tarekegn, Patrick Wouobeng, Kouam S. Jaures, Raphael Mrode, Zewdu Edea, Bin Liu, Wenguang Zhang, Okeyo A. Mwai, Tadelle Dessie, Kassahun Tesfaye, Erling Strandberg, Britt Berglund, Mutai Mutai, Sarah Osama, Asaminew T. Wolde, Josephine Birungi, Appolinaire Djikeng & Félix Meutchieye
Indigenous goats make significant contributions to Cameroon’s national and local economy, but little effort has been devoted to identifying the populations. Here, we assessed the genetic diversity and demographic dynamics of Cameroon goat populations using mitochondrial DNA (two populations) and autosomal markers (four populations) generated with the Caprine 50K SNP chip. To infer genetic relationships at continental and global level, genotype data on six goat populations from Ethiopia and one population each from Egypt, Morocco,...

Data from: Genetic diversity, breed composition and admixture of Kenyan domestic pigs

Fidalis D. Mujibi, Edward Okoth, Evans K. Cheruiyot, Cynthia Onzere, Richard P. Bishop, Eric M. Fèvre, Lian Thomas, Charles Masembe, Graham Plastow & Max Rothschild
The genetic diversity of African pigs, whether domestic or wild has not been widely studied and there is very limited published information available. Available data suggests that African domestic pigs originate from different domestication centers as opposed to international commercial breeds. We evaluated two domestic pig populations in Western Kenya, in order to characterize the genetic diversity, breed composition and admixture of the pigs in an area known to be endemic for African swine fever...

Data from: Ancient and modern DNA reveal dynamics of domestication and cross-continental dispersal of the dromedary

Faisal Almathen, Pauline Charruau, Elmira Mohandesan, Joram M. Mwacharo, Pablo Orozco-TerWengel, Daniel Pitt, Abdussamad M. Abdussamad, Margarethe Uerpmann, Hans-Peter Uerpmann, Bea De Cupere, Peter Magee, Majed A. Alnaqeeb, Bashir Salim, Abdul Raziq, Tadelle Dessie, Omer M. Abdelhadi, Mohammad H. Banabazi, Marzook Al-Eknah, Chris Walzer, Bernard Faye, Michael Hofreiter, Joris Peters, Olivier Hanotte & Pamela A. Burger
Dromedaries have been fundamental to the development of human societies in arid landscapes and for long-distance trade across hostile hot terrains for 3,000 y. Today they continue to be an important livestock resource in marginal agro-ecological zones. However, the history of dromedary domestication and the influence of ancient trading networks on their genetic structure have remained elusive. We combined ancient DNA sequences of wild and early-domesticated dromedary samples from arid regions with nuclear microsatellite and...

Strategies to Mitigate Enteric Methane Emissions by Ruminants

C. Arndt, A.N. Hristov, W.J. Price, S.C. McClelland, A.M. Pelaez, A.R. Bayat, L.A. Crompton, J. Dijkstra, M.A. Eugène, D. Enahoro, E. Kebreab, M. Kreuzer, M. McGee, C. Martin, C.J. Newbold, C.K. Reynolds, A. Schwarm, K.J. Shingfield, J.B. Veneman, D.R. Yáñez-Ruiz & Z. Yu
To meet the 1.5°C target, methane (CH4) from ruminants must be reduced by 11 to 30% of the 2010 level by 2030 and by 24 to 47% by 2050. A meta-analysis identified strategies to decrease product-based [PB; CH4 per unit meat or milk (CH4I)] and absolute (ABS) enteric CH4 emissions while maintaining or increasing animal productivity (AP; weight gain and milk yield). Next the potential of different adoption rates of one PB and/or ABS strategies...

InnovAfrica project baseline survey data for Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa and Tanzania

Ahmad Athman, Alice Murage, Anne Gichangi, Bosena Tegegne, David Banda, Donald Njarui, Elias Gichangi, Esther Bloem, Felix Nandonde, Feyisa Hundessa, Harald Puhl, Jacqueline Tuyisenge, Jessica Ndubi, Kenneth Mapunda, Laifolo Dakishoni, Leonidas Dusengemungu, Lindumusa Myeni, Lizzie Shumba, Mangani Katundu, Mengistu Ketema, Mokhele Moeletsi, Mufunanji Magalasi, Mulalo Thavhana, Mupenzi Mutimura, Mwangi Gatheru … & Sita Ghimire
A data set was generated thorugh surveys to establish a baseline inforamtion for a project entitled "Innovations in Technology, Institutional and Extension Approaches towards Sustainable Agriculture and enhanced Food and Nutrition Security in Africa (Acronym - InnovAfrica)". The InnovAfrica is a consortium of 16 institutions comprising five institutions from Europe and eleven institutions from Africa and the project was implemented in six countries of eastern and southern Africa namely Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa...

Data from: Modelling vaccination strategies against Rift Valley fever in livestock in Kenya: model code

John M. Gachohi, M. Kariuki Njenga, Phillip M. Kitala, Bernard K. Bett, Bernard Bett & Philip Kitala
The impacts of vaccination on the transmission of Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV) have not been evaluated. We have developed a RVFV transmission model comprising two hosts -- cattle as a separate host and sheep and goats as one combined host (herein after referred to as sheep) -- and two vectors -- Aedes species (spp) and Culex spp -- and used it to predict the impacts of: (1) reactive vaccination implemented at various levels of...

Qualitative data on land use change and ecosystem services from participatory surveys in northeastern, Kenya (August-October, 2013)

S.A Bukachi, C. Mwihaki, D. Grace & B. Bett
The data comprises of two datasets. The first consists of text files of anonymised transcripts from focus group discussions (FGDs) on livelihood activities, ecosystem services and the prevalent human and animal health problems in irrigated and non-irrigated areas in northeastern Kenya. The second comprises of scores from proportional piling exercises which showed the distribution of wealth categories and livestock species kept. The study was conducted between August and October, 2013 and the data were collected...

Data from: Understanding cryptic introgression and mixed ancestry of Red Junglefowl in India

Mukesh Thakur, Merwyn Fernandes, Sambandam Sathyakumar, Sujeet K. Singh, Ramesh Kumar Vijh, Jianlin Han, Dong-Dong Wu & Ya-Ping Zhang
Red Junglefowl (RJF), the wild progenitor of modern day chicken (DC), are believed to be in genetic endangerment due to introgression of domestic genes through opportunistic matings with domestic or feral chickens. Previous studies from India reported rare hybridization of RJF in wild, however, RJF population structure,pattern of gene flow and their admixture with DC populations are poorly understood at the landscape level. We conducted this study with the large sample size, covering the predicted...

TAAT seed production and dissemination

Rachel Zozo, Adediran Adeniyi , Abass Adebayo, Bernadette Fregene, Paul Demo, Fatondji Dougbedji, Solomon Gizaw, Bishaw Zewdie, Sidi Sayang, Ernest Asiedu, Jonga Munyaradzi, Josey Kamanda & Kennedy Kago
The Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) is a program initiated by the African Development Bank (AfDB) as part of its Feed Africa Initiative. The main objective of the program is to improve the business of agriculture across Africa by raising agricultural productivity, mitigating risks and promoting diversification and processing in 18 agricultural value chains within eight Priority Intervention Areas (PIA). The program is implemented by IITA in close partnership with other CGIAR Centers and...

InnovAfrica project endline survey data for Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa and Tanzania

Ahmad Athman, Alice Murage, Anne Gichangi, Celestin Hitimana, David Banda, Donald Njarui, Esther Bloem, Esther Lupafya, Fekadu Beyene, Feyisa Hundessa, Jessica Ndubi, Kenneth Mapunda, Kibebew Kibret, Laifolo Dakishoni, Lindumusa Myeni, Lizzie Shumba, Mangani Katundu, Mokhele Moeletsi, Maximillian Manzi, Mufunanji Magalasi, Mupenzi Mutimura, Mwangi Gatheru, Sabelo Mazibuko, Tewodros Bezu, Victoria Ndolo … & Sita Ghimire
A consortium of 16 institutions comprising five institutions from Europe and eleven institutions from Africa implemented a project entitled "Innovations in Technology, Institutional and Extension Approaches towards Sustainable Agriculture and enhanced Food and Nutritional Security in Africa (InnovAfrica)" in six countries of eastern and southern Africa namely Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa and Tanzania from June 2017 to November 2021. The InnovAfrica project collected endline data from 12 pilot sites (two sites per country)...

Data from: Signatures of selection for environmental adaptation and zebu x taurine hybrid fitness in East African Shorthorn Zebu

Hussain Bahbahani, Abdulfatai Tijjani, Christopher Mukasa, David Wragg, Faisal Almathen, Oyekanmi Nash, Gerald N. Akpa, Mary Mbole-Kariuki, Sunir Malla, Mark Woolhouse, Tad Sonstegard, Curtis Van Tassell, Martin Blythe, Heather Huson & Olivier Hanotte
The East African Shorthorn Zebu (EASZ) cattle are ancient hybrid between Asian zebu × African taurine cattle preferred by local farmers due to their adaptability to the African environment. The genetic controls of these adaptabilities are not clearly understood yet. Here, we genotyped 92 EASZ samples from Kenya (KEASZ) with more than 770,000 SNPs and sequenced the genome of a pool of 10 KEASZ. We observe an even admixed autosomal zebu × taurine genomic structure...

Data from: Genetic diversity and population structure of Urochloa grass accessions from Tanzania using simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers

Salum O. Kuwi, Martina Kyalo, Collins K. Mutai, Angelo Mwilawa, Jean Hanson, Appolinaire Djikeng & Sita R. Ghimire
Urochloa (syn.—Brachiaria s.s.) is one of the most important tropical forages that transformed livestock industries in Australia and South America. Farmers in Africa are increasingly interested in growing Urochloa to support the burgeoning livestock business, but the lack of cultivars adapted to African environments has been a major challenge. Therefore, this study examines genetic diversity of Tanzanian Urochloa accessions to provide essential information for establishing a Urochloa breeding program in Africa. A total of 36...

Data from: Signatures of positive selection in African Butana and Kenana dairy zebu cattle

Hussain Bahbahani, Bashir Salim, Faisal Almathen, Fahad Al Enzi, Joram M. Mwacharo, Olivier Hanotte & Fahad Al Enezi
Butana and Kenana are two types of zebu cattle found in Sudan. They are unique amongst African indigenous zebu cattle because of their high milk production. Aiming to understand their genome structure, we genotyped 25 individuals from each breed using the Illumina BovineHD Genotyping BeadChip. Genetic structure analysis shows that both breeds have an admixed genome composed of an even proportion of indicine (0.75 ± 0.03 in Butana, 0.76 ± 0.006 in Kenana) and taurine...

Data from: Maasai pastoralists kill lions in retaliation for depredation of livestock by lions

Enoch M. Ontiri, Martin Odino, Antony Kasanga, Paula Kahumbu, Lance W. Robinson, Tom Currie & Dave J. Hodgson
The borders of national parks in Kenya are hotspots for human–wildlife conflict. The deliberate killing of lions by Maasai pastoralists is illegal, but continues despite mitigation attempts. Currently, there is a somewhat pervasive opinion, within the human–wildlife conflict literature, that lions are killed by Maasai people either as cultural ceremony or indiscriminately in response to the loss of livestock. We reconsider the indiscriminate reputation of lion‐killing, using a combination of structured dialogue and quantitative analysis....

Cereal legume intercropping studies in Malawi

Isaiah Nyagumbo, Laifolo Dakishoni, Mufunanji Magalasi & Sita Ghimire
Innovations in Technology, Institutional and Extension Approaches towards Sustainable Agriculture and enhanced Food and Nutritional Security in Africa (InnovAfrica), a European Commission funded project validated and upscaled cereal legume intercropping technology in Dedza and Mzimba districts of Malawi involving farmers in between year 2017 and 2020. The results from the intercropping experiment of three cereals (maize, sorghum, and finger millet) and various legume species (pigeonpea, soyabeans, Bambara nut, groundnut, cowpea, and common beans) are presented...

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  • International Livestock Research Institute
  • King Faisal University
  • University of Nottingham
  • Kuwait University
  • Sokoine University of Agriculture
  • Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization
  • International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Kenya
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Khartoum
  • University of Nairobi