Animal Science for Sustainable Productivity (ASSP-Program) will aim to increase the productivity of livestock systems in IGAD pastoral and agro-pastoral systems through high-quality animal science (breeding, nutrition and animal health) and livestock systems research. The program will also aim to develop appropriate animal breeding strategies that are suitable for livestock keepers and identify and control diseases that impair animal health. It will also tests how new approaches to increasing animal productivity can be implemented in different livestock and farming systems.
The program will be created to bring together ISTVS-RC researchers working on animal feeding, animal breeding, animal health and livestock systems. This integration will allow a more unified approach to bringing applied animal sciences to bear on the challenge of sustainably increasing livestock productivity. Within the context of livestock systems, it is rarely possible to isolate the different aspects of animal science. For example, introduction of more productive genotypes usually requires better feeding and animal health care. On the other hand improvement in feed availability opens up opportunities for smallholders to keep more productive breeds.