Development of country based indigenous Domestic Animal Genetic Resource Information system (C-DAGRIS)
Development of country based indigenous Domestic Animal Genetic Resource Information system (C-DAGRIS) Dessie T., Mamo Y.; Getahun E., and O. Mwai, Introduction Project duration and major milestonesGenetic diversity of farm animals is being drastically reduced, and Country DAGRIS is a three years project with the following majorconsequently threatening the future of agriculture and the well being of milestonesrural communities in Africa, especially those practicing low input •Development of the country-modules of the DAGRIS (ILRI, Year 1)agricultural systems, and in view of the on-going climate change. •Breed-level information captured and summarized at country level by participating institutions, Years 1, 2, 3.The need for effective inventory as well as efficient mechanisms for •Training on the management of breed-level data on indigenous FAnGRinformation sharing is well recognized. Many countries are grappling with (ILRI, participating institutions, Years 1, 2, and 3).these issues at a time when they have limited in-country capacities to deal •Setting up of necessary IT infrastructure (ILRI, participating institutions,with them, even when they are well aware of the need for them to take Year 1)responsibility for the management and improvement of their respective •Develop functionalities to geo-reference breed-level information in theFAnGR resources and the information on them. database (ILRI, Year 1)A country-based FAnGR Information system would best meet the needs •Establish and strengthening communication and information exchangeof countries. Linked to bibliographical resources, including research network (ILRI participating institutions, Years 2 and 3).publications, such a system would be invaluable as a source of •End-of-project training and evaluation workshop (ILRI, and participatinginformation for decision making to support better use of FAnGR, institutions, additional countries will be involved to initiate scaling out ofespecially their improvement and conservation, as well as for research the initiative, Year 3).and teaching. ObjectiveThe Purpose of the project is to facilitate enhanced sustainable utilization,improvement and conservation of indigenous livestock for the benefit oflocal farmers communities, through the development and delivery of asystematic breed-level information system at country level.The specific objectives of this project are:i)develop country-based Domestic Animal Genetic Resources InformationSystems (DAGRIS) as country resources on which comprehensive andreliable information on genetic characteristics, productivity and utilizationof African livestock are complied and continuously updated;ii)to build the requisite human and infrastructural capacity to ensuremaintenance of the country-based DAGRIS and the effective use of thisinformation to sustainable utilize (i.e. improve and conserve) theindigenous FAnGR, andiii)to establish a network for communicating and exchanging suchinformation among and between the various African institutions. Implementation ArrangementLinked to the global Domestic Animal Genetic Resources System(http://dagris.ilri.cgiar.org/) developed by ILRI, as well as to the FAO’s Project personnel and partnersDAD-IS, country DAGRIS will be developed and administered by anational institutions in each project country, with technical backstopping Okeyo Mwaifrom ILRI and other partners. Tadelle Dessie Yetnayet Mamo GEF Asia projectsThe development of country-DAGRIS will include a comprehensive data RDA of South Koreacollection, entry, including breed survey frameworks, and collation Participating national Institutes(compilation, verification) by the national partner institutions. The initiativewill specifically respond to the needs of the local farmers, developmentpractitioners, research and academic community, and policy makers. Licensed for use under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. Produced November 2011.