Small ruminants contribute to food security and nutrition in Zimbabwe

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“In addition to providing high-quality food products (meat and milk), livestock is the most important source of on-farm income and insurance in the low-input farming systems of semi-arid southern Africa.”

ILRI’s sister center the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is a long term partner where crops and livestock intersect in southern Africa.

In recent years, André van Rooyen and colleagues in the ICRISAT Zimbabwe office have been paying particular attention to small stock – goats mainly – as mechanisms to improve food security and rural livelihoods.

Their latest brief argues that investing in goat production, reducing animal mortality rates, commercializing the goat sector and developing more efficient functional markets will generate cash for rural households.

Earlier briefs consider the important role of informal goat markets, ways to improve the functioning of rural markets (facilities, information, organization and transport), and strategies to overcome health…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with the Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, maiduguri as a lecture & a researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I am now the Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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