Current projections indicate that the human population will reach 9.5 billion by 2050 and that 25% of the world’s population will be living in Africa. There is a clear need for African livestock production systems to be improved through genetic gain in order to feed the continents growing population.
There is a global research effort to develop genetic tools and technologies to help chickens farmed in sub-Saharan Africa be more productive, healthy and resilient to environmental challenges.
A free online event ‘Tropical poultry production: research towards sustainable systems’ has been organised on Thursday 13 May. The seminar will highlight some of the latest research from researchers at the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health and it’s partners, to help improve the profitability and sustainability of small-holder poultry systems in sub-Saharan Africa.
Targeted at researchers, policy makers, breeding companies, research funders and other stakeholders, this event will enable existing knowledge to be exchanged and for potential new areas of genomic research to be explored.
Spaces are limited to ensure interaction and discussion. For those unable to attend the live event, the seminar will be recorded and made available on the CTLGH website shortly after the events ends. You can watch the recording here
Tropical poultry production: research towards sustainable systems
Thursday 13 May 2021
|Theme: Environmental challenges and small-holder poultry production systems||Chair: Georgios Banos, SRUC|
|09:00||Welcome. Introduction to CTLGH's work and the poultry genomics programme||Appolinaire, Djikeng, CTLGH|
|09:10||ACGG's work and the challenges faced by smallholder poultry producers in sub-Saharan Africa.||Tadelle Dessie, ILRI|
|09:30||You can’t have it all – unless you feed appropriately.||Nick Sparks, SRUC|
|09:45||Integrating genetic and genomic analyses to enhance health and productivity of Ethiopian indigenous chickens.||Androniki Psifidi, Roslin/RVC|
|10:00||The importance of environmental resilience and adaptation for small-holder poultry production.||Almas Gheyas, Roslin|
|10:15||Short Comfort break|
|Theme: New science for small-holder poultry production: some examples||Chair: Olivier Hanotte, ILRI|
|10.25||Ex-situ conservation of indigenous poultry diversity: the way forward.||Mike McGrew, Roslin|
|10.40||Innovations to support genetic improvement in tropical poultry production systems; enteroids to measure gut health.||Lonneke Vervelde,
|10.55||Future of edible vaccines for small-holder farmers.||Kate Sutton, Roslin|
|11.10||Panel session and discussion||Chair: Kellie Watson, Roslin|
|11.40||Closing comments||Georgios Banos & Olivier Hanotte|
The event will be hosted on zoom between 09:00-11.45 BST. Participants can assess the event through a dedicated online eventbrite page. we will also send a direct meeting link and password the day before the event.
This seminar has been funded by a Global Impact Accelerator Award from the University of Edinburgh, as part of its annual Scottish Funding Council – Global Challenges Research Fund (SFC-GCRF) allocation, and builds on CTLGH’s current capacity building and knowledge exchange activities in Africa.
**CTLGH receives funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), the UK Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council (BBSRC) and Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA)**