Vaccines to Combat Livestock Diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa (CIFSRF)

Infectious diseases are especially problematic in sub-Saharan Africa, where livestock production accounts for up to 25% of national income. An easy-to-use vaccine that is inexpensive, safe, and easily stored and transported would reduce losses by small-scale livestock keepers in rural Africa, particularly women whose livelihoods rely heavily on small animals.

This project is applying modern biotechnology to engineer a thermostable, single dose vaccine that protects cattle, sheep, and goats from five main diseases - lumpy skin disease, sheep pox, goat pox, Peste des Petits Ruminants, and Rift Valley fever. The project is also leveraging Canada and South Africa's strengths in infectious disease management and vaccines development to produce the first commercial vaccine for African Swine Fever, a highly contagious disease.

Researchers will work with South African government departments and rural farmers to field test the new vaccines and educate farmers on their importance and use. If successful, researchers expect widespread use of the vaccines throughout Africa within three to eight years of the end of the project. The vaccines would increase food availability, increase economic returns, and make production more reliable. The novel vaccine delivery technology could also be applied to other existing and future 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$ 3,146,230


South Africa, South of Sahara, Canada


Canadian International Food Security Research Fund

Project Leader

Dr. Lorne Babiuk


University of Alberta

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Project Leader

Dr. David Wallace


Agricultural Research Council

Institution Country

South Africa

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