Research information from Organisations and projects in South Africa

Coordinated Projects - South Africa (5)

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  • Development of alternative foot and mouth and tick-borne disease control strategies to benefit resource poor farmers in southern Africa

    Objectives: To develop alternative, more cost-effective strategies for the control of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and ticks and tick-borne disease (T&TBD) in specific regions. Background: The Kruger National Park (KNP) in South Africa is situated in a semi-arid area, where livestock production is the major agricultural activity. African buffalo in the KNP constitute a reservoir of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), which has serious implications for trade in agricultural products. Strict state-instituted control measures, including vaccination, which inhibit trade in cloven-hoofed animals, are applied in delineated control zones surrounding the reserve, which include several communal farming areas. Inability to market surplus animals exacerbates the problem of overstocking and land degradation, already promoted by limited land availability and reluctance to market animals, owing both to fear of losses during droughts and to traditional value systems.

  • Improving the livelihood of resource-poor goat farmers in Southern Africa through strategic drug and nutritional interventions against gastro-intestinal nematode infections

    Objectives: Cost-effective and appropriate strategies developed to control sustainably diseases of livestock in semi-arid, high potential and peri-urban production systems that affect the livelihoods of the poor. Promotion of proven strategies in semi-arid, high potential and peri-urban production systems to control diseases of livestock that affect the livelihoods of the poor. Background: Parasitic gastro-enteritis is a disease of domestic ruminants caused by infection with a number of trichostrongylid nematodes parasitising the abomasum and small intestine. It is indisputably a cause of serious production losses to small ruminants in sub-Saharan Africa, and indeed worldwide. Within the resource-poor semi-arid summer rainfall areas of South Africa, information on the production constraints caused by parasitic gastro-enteritis is relatively sparse, as the main emphasis was previously directed to the South African commercial sector.

  • Ernährungssicherheit, Lebensunterhalt und HIV/AIDS schwarzafrikanischer Farmarbeiter in Südafrika - qualitative Sozialforschung aus der Haushalts- und Genderperspektive

    The intended project is settled in the qualitative social research. The micro level of the households from the perspective of Black African farm workers and their families is to be investigated, who rank among the poorest subpopulation

  • Research on the incidence, economic importance and causal agent(s) of bovine cerebral theileriosis in semi-arid pastoral livestock systems in Ngorongoro, Monduli and Simanjiro District in Northern Tanzania

    Objectives: To improve livestock production of pastoralist households in Ngorongoro, Monduli and Simanjiro District through improved knowledge on risk factors, incidence, economic impact, transmission and control of Bovine Cerebral Theileriosis. Background: Bovine cerebral theileriosis (BCT) has been ranked as their highest disease priority by pastoralist communities in Northern Tanzania, and is considered a severe constraint to increased livestock production. The planned outputs of this research programme are to confirm the incidence of the disease; to assess its true social and economic impact; and to record the presence of haemoparasites and other possible disease agents and risk factors. Appropriate control methods will be developed, based on a thorough understanding of the epidemiology of BCT.

  • Rodent management in South Africa

    Background: Extension of ecologically-based rodent management in South Africa

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