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Tropical Animal Health and Production

, Volume 46, Issue 7, pp 1303–1312 | Cite as

Characterisation of camel breeding practices in the Ansongo Region, Mali

  • Bakary Traoré
  • Nassim Moula
  • Abdoulaye Toure
  • Bara Ouologuem
  • Pascal Leroy
  • Nicolas Antoine-MoussiauxEmail author
Regular Articles

Abstract

Despite its importance in Mali’s economy, camel breeding in the country remains poorly documented, impeding effective policy-making in this regard. This study consisted in a 3-month survey and aimed at characterising camel breeding systems in Ansongo, in the region of Gao, Mali. It highlights the diversity of strategies adopted by breeders and their evolutions. Supplementary feeding and veterinary care were seldom practised. In zones close to the Niger River, cattle were substituted to camels. Transhumance routes also are modified but mobility keeps its vital role in the breeding system. Important differences within the study region in the classification of camel breeds have been reported that will influence the implementation of a collective action for animal genetic improvement. The improvement goals should take the actual management, including mobility and the mixed nature of the herds into account.

Keywords

Breeding systems Dromedary camel Animal genetic resources Ansongo Mali 

Notes

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bakary Traoré
    • 1
  • Nassim Moula
    • 1
    • 3
  • Abdoulaye Toure
    • 1
  • Bara Ouologuem
    • 2
  • Pascal Leroy
    • 1
    • 3
  • Nicolas Antoine-Moussiaux
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Animal Productions, Faculty of Veterinary MedicineUniversity of LiegeLiègeBelgium
  2. 2.Institute of Rural Economics (IER)BamakoMali
  3. 3.Tropical Veterinary Institute, Faculty of Veterinary MedicineUniversity of LiegeLiègeBelgium

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