|Type of Project||Applied research project|
|Type of Project||Institutional capacity building project|
|Keyword||Swine fever; Swine fever resistance; diagnosis; genetic analyses; Disease control|
|Location||Uganda; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; Nigeria|
|Main Funder||Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO)|
|Co Funder||African Union Commission (AURG 2)|
|Project Web Site||http://asf.mak.ac.ug/news/asf-resist-research-action-launched|
ASF-RESIST : Developing innovative and sustainable approaches to prevent the spread of African swine fever in Africa
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:
- To determine the phenotypic and genotypic features of pigs that survive ASF outbreaks;
- To develop a community-based participatory biosecurity approach to control ASF outbreaks;
- To evaluate ASF rapid diagnostics for use in resource constrained settings;
- To determine the full genome characteristics of circulating ASFV strains.
This is a AURG-II-1 funded project