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African swine fever slows development in Uganda

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Uganda has the fastest growing pig production in sub-Saharan Africa. The stocking could be a good tool for poverty reduction, but constant outbreaks of African swine fever slow down positive developments.

In the last decade millions of people have been able to leave poverty, increasing the regional demand for meat and livestock products. In combination with reforms in market and agricultural policy, this has led to an increase in pig production in sub-Saharan Africa, most notably in Uganda.

The growing pig sector could be an important contributor to poverty reduction among smallholder pig keepers. However, the growing pig population has been followed by an increase in African swine fever (ASF) incidence. The disease affects the entire value chain negatively, and people’s actions contribute to the problems. This shows Erika Chenais in a dissertation from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, conducted in collaboration with the State Veterinary Office.

Read more here (in Swedish)

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