There is critical need to improve productivity of indigenous goat breeds in order to sustain supply of food and income to communities living in harsher areas that are coming to relay more and more on the drought tolerant commodity; goats, due to changing climate. To this end, a community-based goat breeding project is being implemented in 5 zones of Ethiopia by ILRI and its partners. Designing of the breeding programs proceeded phenotypic and molecular characterization of the indigenous Ethiopian goat breeds. The characterization studies revealed that ample genetic diversity exists between and within the indigenous goat breeds pointing hug potential to tap for improving productivity amid a changing climate. Participatory definition of trait preferences was undertaken to pave the way for deriving economic weights of traits to develop selection indices.

Tadelle Dessie, Grum Gebreyesus, Getnet Mekuriaw, Tatek Woldu, Temesgen Jembere, Morris Agaba, Ally M Okeyo

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume Genetic Improvement Programs: Selection for harsh environments and management of animal genetic resources (Posters), , 431, 2014
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