Development of a Vaccine for Eradicating Contagious Bovine PleuroPneumonia in Africa (CIFSRF)

Contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPP) - also known as lung plague - is a highly contagious bacterial disease of cattle that has serious economic and trade consequences. In Africa, CBPP threatens to affect the livelihoods of more than 24 million people in 26 countries, the majority of them small-scale farmers. While vaccines for CBPP are available, they are short-lived and require refrigeration, which makes them impractical in many parts of Africa.

This project is using a novel, genomics-based approach to develop an affordable vaccine for CBPP that is effective, safe, and easily produced, stored, and transported. Since eventual success depends on the vaccine's acceptability by livestock keepers, the project involves them in field-testing and assesses their willingness to pay for the vaccine.

The project also examines how gender considerations may affect the distribution, cost, and packaging of the vaccine. The project combines the vaccine expertise of Canadian researchers with the know-how of Kenya-based research institutes in infection and handling of cattle with CBPP. This research has the potential for large and visible impacts in numerous countries in Africa, and also in Canada, where the vaccine could become a model to protect livestock against other existing and emerging diseases.

This project is supported by IDRC and Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada through the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF).

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Start Date

Thursday, March 1, 2012

End Date

Friday, October 31, 2014


30 months

IDRC Officer

Sanginga, Pascal

Total funding

CA$ 3,532,414


Kenya, North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Canada


Canadian International Food Security Research Fund

Project Leader

Dr. Andrew Potter


University of Saskatchewan

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Project Leader

Dr. Hezron Wesonga


Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization

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