The program facilitates the application of genomics to dairy production in the tropics for: increased livestock productivity, enhanced livelihoods of the rural poor, increased food and nutritional security, and a more sustainable environment. This will be achieved by:
- Identifying key applications of genomics to dairy production in the tropics and advocating on these;
- Supporting the development of tools and methodological approaches to facilitate the above identified applications;
- Facilitating capacity development; and
- Partnering in research and resource mobilisation.
While the initial focus will be on dairy and dual-purpose cattle in sub-Saharan Africa, in the coming years the focus is expected to expand to other species and locations. The program is part of the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health that supports programs that improve livestock-based livelihoods in the tropics. It is a strategic alliance of The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland's Rural College and the International Livestock Research Institute.