Animal Traction in West Africa

Resources available on animal traction in West Africa
The following documents relating to animal traction in West Africa can be viewed and/or downloaded in pdf format:  Some of these documents derive from ATNESA workshops or the workshops of the West Africa Animal Traction Network. Some have been prepared by animal traction specialists for other collaborating organisations or networks. 

Most papers have file sizes between 150 kb and 500 kb. Depending on the speed of your connection, these files will take between one and four minutes to download. Papers with photographs generally have larger files and these are marked in yellow (over one megabyte) or red (over two megabytes) and these will take longer to download. 
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Most papers are listed by country but some overview papers about West Africa in general are below.

Burkina Faso

Côte d'Ivoire
The Gambia
Sierra Leone and Liberia
Tchad (Chad)

Résumé Eexécutif de l'atelier Traction Animale et Stratégies d'Acteurs :
Quelle Recherche, Quels Services Face au Désengagment des Etats ?
17-21 novembre 2003, Bobo-Dioulasso (Burkina Faso)

Animal traction for agricultural development in West Africa: production, impact, profitability and constraints (2MB)
        P Starkey  
Challenges of animal traction research and development in West and Central Africa at the eve of 
the 21st century
**  400 kb
         by  M. Havard, A. Njoya, R. Pirot, E. Vall and B. Wampfler
Work stress innate resistance of working bulls on two planes of nutrition: lessons from the N
’dama cattle of  West Africa  
           by O.O. Akinbamijo, R.A. Pearson and T.W. Jones
Minimum tillage for soil and water management with animal traction in the West-African region
          by Alioune Fall and Adama Faye
Farming systems in West Africa from animal traction perspectives  
        Dunstan S C Spencer    
The introduction, intensification and diversification of the use of animal power in West Africa farming system: implications at farm level (1,4MB)
        P Starkey  
The selection and use of animal draft technology    
        R C Gifford 
The relevance of animal traction to the humid zone
        L Reymolds
Animal traction in improved farming systems for the semi-arid tropics: the ICRISAT experience in India and West Africa    
        R K Bansal, M C Klaij and P G Serafini  
Research for the control of draught animal disease in West Africa: needs, experiences and methods
        S Ravindran, R C Massaquoi and S Wiles

Research and development of draught animal power utilisation in West Africa
        H L Musa and S T Bello

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