Non-AFRE Co-Principle Investigators: Peter J Matlon, Study Director, AEC/AFRE Department. AEC Graduate Students: Merritt W. Sargent, John A. Lichte, and Roger Bloom
Project Name: Animal Traction Study – Sahel *
Donor: United States Agency for International Development
Contract No: AID/REDSO/WA-78-144
Account No: MSU 71-2045
Location: Mali, Senegal, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Chad, and Mauritania
Duration: September 1978-0ctober 1979
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Project Goals: To conduct a systematic study of animal traction schemes and experiences in West Africa and to provide policy guidelines to national institutions and external donors on the design, implementation. and evaluation of projects that include draught animal power as a central component.
Project Summary Comment: Project analyses included an historical sketch of animal traction in the Sahel region; the technical and economic benefits from animal traction; adoption of animal traction systems for plowing, planting, weeding, and transport; farm level operations; evaluation of financial and economic effects; constraints to animal traction; and implications of constraints to production.
* This description is adapted from work by Nancy E. Horn, an MSU alumnus from the Anthropology Department, published in 1985 “A Project History of Michigan State University’s Participation in International Development for the period 1951 – 1985”. See AFRE Emeritus Faculty - Acknowledgements