Human Ecology

, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 139–149

Herders’ Perceptions on Ruminant Livestock Breeds and Breeding Management in Southwestern Niger

  • Augustine A. Ayantunde
  • Moctar Kango
  • Pierre Hiernaux
  • Henk M. J. Udo
  • Ramadjita Tabo

DOI: 10.1007/s10745-006-9049-6

Cite this article as:
Ayantunde, A.A., Kango, M., Hiernaux, P. et al. Hum Ecol (2007) 35: 139. doi:10.1007/s10745-006-9049-6


This study documents indigenous knowledge of breeds of cattle, sheep and goats in southwestern Niger, and includes both pastoralists and agropastoralists. Our study included sheep and goats in view of the increasing importance of small ruminants in livestock production systems in the Sahel since the drought of the 1970s and 1980s. This study was carried out under the Desert Margins Program (DMP) project on arresting land degradation and the conservation of biodiversity in desert margins of sub-Saharan Africa, partly funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

Key words

Indigenous knowledgeruminantpastoralistsemi-aridzebu

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Augustine A. Ayantunde
    • 1
  • Moctar Kango
    • 2
  • Pierre Hiernaux
    • 3
  • Henk M. J. Udo
    • 4
  • Ramadjita Tabo
    • 5
  1. 1.International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), ILRI/ICRISATNiameyNiger
  2. 2.Abdou Moumini UniversityNiameyNiger
  3. 3.Centre d’Etudes Spatiales de la Biosphère (CESBIO)Toulouse Cedex 4France
  4. 4.Animal Production Systems GroupWageningen Institute of Animal SciencesWageningenThe Netherlands
  5. 5.International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)NiameyNiger