ASF-RESIST : Developing innovative and sustainable approaches to prevent the spread of African swine fever in Africa

Project identifier 96-ASF-RESIST
Project Status finished
Start date 2018-06-25
End date 2020-06-24
Roadmap Theme
  • Sustainable intensification: Animal and crop health
  • Type of Project Applied research project
    Type of Project Institutional capacity building project
    Programme AURG-II-1
    Keyword Swine fever; Swine fever resistance; diagnosis; genetic analyses; Disease control
    Location Uganda; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; Nigeria
    Budget 895 000
    Main Funder Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO)
    Co Funder African Union Commission (AURG 2)
    Coordinator Makerere University
  • University of Glasgow
  • International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
  • National Veterinary Institute (SVA)
  • Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM)
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    ASF is a highly contagious hemorrhagic disease affecting pigs (domestic and wild). This disease is a major constraint to pig production and the pork industry in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, periodically killing 90–100% ofaffected animals; and has neither treatment nor vaccine. ASF is characterized by high fever, loss of appetite, haemorrhages in the skin and internal organs, and causing death in 2-10 days on average. This is a real threat to an industry that has become very attractive as a means of food, income and employment, since pigs are considered “walking banks” in the local communities. Smallholder pig keeping is a good opportunity for the predominantly rural African population to raise money quickly; given that pigs grow to maturity in a short time (8-12 months), they areraised successfully on food waste and other inexpensive fodder and can be sold with relative ease, including at markets in urban areas.

    The project objectives include:
    1. To determine the phenotypic and genotypic features of pigs that survive ASF outbreaks;
    2. To develop a community-based participatory biosecurity approach to control ASF outbreaks;
    3. To evaluate ASF rapid diagnostics for use in resource constrained settings;
    4. To determine the full genome characteristics of circulating ASFV strains.


    This is a AURG-II-1 funded project