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Research Project: ENHANCING GENETIC MERIT OF RUMINANTS THROUGH GENOME SELECTION AND ANALYSIS

Location: Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory

Title: Evaluation framework of community-based livestock breeding programs

Author
item LAMUNO, DOREEN - University Of Natural Resources & Applied Life Sciences - Austria
item SOLKNER, JOHANN - University Of Natural Resources & Applied Life Sciences - Austria
item MÉSZÁROS, GÁBOR - University Of Natural Resources & Applied Life Sciences - Austria
item NAKIMBUGWE, HELEN - Collaborator
item MULINDWA, HENRY - National Agricultural Research Organization - Uganda
item NANDOLO, WILSON - Lilongwe University Of Agriculture And Natural Resources
item GONDWE, TIMOTHY - Lilongwe University Of Agriculture And Natural Resources
item Van Tassell, Curtis - Curt
item GUTIERREZ, GUSTAVO - Collaborator
item MUELLER, JOAQUIN - National Institute Of Agricultural Technology(INTA)
item WURZINGER, MARIA - University Of Natural Resources & Applied Life Sciences - Austria

Submitted to: Livestock Research for Rural Development
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/8/2018
Publication Date: 3/1/2018
Citation: Lamuno, D., Solkner, J., Mészáros, G., Nakimbugwe, H., Mulindwa, H., Nandolo, W., Gondwe, T., Van Tassell, C.P., Gutierrez, G., Mueller, J., Wurzinger, M. 2018. Evaluation framework of community-based livestock breeding programs. Livestock Research for Rural Development. 30(3):47.

Interpretive Summary: The goal of this paper is to evaluate the impacts of community-based livestock breeding programs (CBBPs). CBBPs are collaborative and community driven programs targeting low-input, sustainable production systems. These systems incorporate multiple small holder farmers and utilize locally-adapted indigenous breeds of livestock. The purpose of this study is to provide objective measures to assess the impacts of these efforts.

Technical Abstract: The objective of this paper is to present an evaluation framework to provide guidance for an assessment of the performance, outputs and associated impacts of community-based livestock breeding programs (CBBPs), responding to the need of formalizing the evaluation procedures as it was stressed by FAO. The purpose of such evaluation is to monitor and evaluate ongoing activities in CBBPs, to identify challenges and mistakes in the execution of the program, so that appropriate actions can be taken. This evaluation also serves as a guide for funding bodies to measure socio-economic impact on the livelihoods of livestock farmers in order to decide if the program’s goals have been met. The evaluation framework is divided into three domains: (1) evaluation of CBBP implementation based on organizational and technical criteria; (2) monitoring of implementation outputs to evaluate genetic improvement at herd/flock level and the consequential changes at the household level and the community at large; and (3) evaluation of impacts to assess improvement in livelihoods of livestock farmers and eventual effects on the environment. For each evaluation criteria, several indicators are provided.