Pig farming is one of the fastest growing livestock activities in the rural areas of Uganda and has become very attractive through the country as a means of increasing food, income and employment. According to reports, Uganda has the largest and fastest growing pig production in Eastern Africa. African swine fever (ASF) is an economically important and frequently lethal disease of domestic pigs.
The purpose of the project is to provide an in-depth assessment of the impact of African swine fever (ASF) in constraining the development of the smallholder pig industry in Uganda at defined benchmark sites.
The approach will involve a combination of participatory epidemiology, including farmer interviews and in depth field sampling, and molecular characterization of viral diversity. Such information will be linked to spatial and farming systems data, which will be collected simultaneously. The informatics component of the project will create a “pipeline” for integrating these diverse types of data and will provide a useful model for testing the feasibility of that has been termed the “landscape genomics” concept.