African-German partnership to enhance resource use efficiency and improve food security in urban and peri-urban agriculture of West African cities

Duration: 2013-2018

Funding:Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF, GlobE-call)

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Research focus: Within the multi-disciplinary UrbanFoodPlus network the livestock subproject (SP3) addressed resources use efficiency in (peri-)urban livestock production systems and the impact of socio-economic determinants on the efficiency of (peri-)urban livestock husbandry.

Postdoctoral researcher: Dr. Tobias Feldt

PhD:Serge E. Mpouam, Jennifer Provost (ongoing)


Alhassan M., Dei H.K., Wesseh A., Roessler R., Schlecht E. 2019. Proximate components, minerals, amino acids and some anti-nutrients in processed false yam seed meals: potential benefits for poultry nutrition. Scientific African, e00180. DOI 10.1016/j.sciaf.2019.e00180

Amprako L., Alhassan M., Buerkert A., Roessler R. 2018. Influence of dietary wood charcoal on growth performance, nutrient efficiency and excreta quality of male broiler chickens. International Journal of Livestock Production 9(10), 286-292. DOI: 10.5897/IJLP2018.0486

Amprako L., Karg H., Roessler R., Provost J., Akoto-Danso E.K., Sidibe S., Buerkert A. 2021. Vehicular livestock mobility in West Africa: Seasonal traffic flows of cattle, sheep, and goats across Bamako. Sustainability 13, 171. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010171

Brown M.M., Alenyorege B., Teye G.A., Roessler R. 2017. Phenotypic diversity, major genes and production potential of local chickens and guinea fowl in Tamale, northern Ghana. Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences 30(10), 1372-1381. DOI 10.5713/ajas.17.0145

Buerkert A., Schlecht E. 2020. Toward sustainable intensification of agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa. Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering 7(4), 401-405.

Buerkert A., Schlecht E. 2019. Rural-urban transformation: a key challenge of the 21st century. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems, available online. DOI 10.1007/s10705-019-10008-1

Feldt T., Karg H., Kadaouré I., Bessert L., Schlecht E. 2020. Growing struggle over rising demand: how land use change and complex farmer-grazier conflicts impact grazing management in the Western Highlands of Cameroon. Land use Policy 95, 104579. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2020.104579

Feldt T., Provost J. (2018): A missed opportunity for the dairy and meat market: a case study from Cameroon. Rural 21 – The International Journal for Rural Development 52 (4), 14-16

Graefe S., Buerkert A., Schlecht E. 2019. Trends and gaps in scholarly literature on urban and peri-urban agriculture. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems, available online. DOI 10.1007/s10705-019-10018-z

Mohammed A., Dei H.K., Wesseh A., Roessler R., Schlecht E. 2020. Processed false yam seed meals in broiler chicken diets: effects on feed preference and apparent nutrient digestibility. Tropical Animal Health and Production 52(6), 3621-3629. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11250-020-02399-z.

Mohammed A., Dei H.K., Addah W., Roessler R., Schlecht E. 2021. Nutrient metabolisability of treated false yam (Icacina oliviformis) seed meal for broiler chickens. Ghana Journal of Science, Technology and Development 7(3), 38-47. https://doi.org/10.47881/298.967x.

Provost J., Rosera G., Brümmer B., Schlecht E. 2022. To sell, not to sell, or to quit: Exploring milk producers' approaches after a supply chain disruption in Northwest Cameroon. World Development 150, 105709. DOI 10.1016/j.worlddev.2021.105709

Roessler R. 2019. Selection decisions and trait preferences for local and imported cattle and sheep breeds in peri-/urban livestock production systems in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Animals 9, 207. DOI 10.3390/ani9050207

Roessler R., Amprako L., Sayibu A.R., Mohammed A., Menezes R.C., Hölscher D., Alenyorege B., Dei H.K., Steiner C. 2017. Effects of false yam tuber meals and charcoal on broiler chicken production and blood parameters. South African Journal of Animal Sciences 47(6), 842-853. DOI 10.4314/sajas.v47i6.12

Roessler R., Chefor F., Schlecht E. 2018. Using a portable laser methane detector in goats to assess diurnal, diet- and position-dependent variations in enteric methane emissions. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 150, 110-117. DOI 10.1016/j.compag.2018.04.010

Roessler R., Mpouam S.E., Muchemwa T., Schlecht E. 2016. Emerging development pathways of urban livestock production in rapidly growing West Africa cities. Sustainability 8(11), 1199. DOI 10.3390/su8111199

Roessler R., Mpouam S.E., Schlecht E. 2019. Genetic and nongenetic factors affecting on-farm performance of peri-urban dairy cattle in west Africa. Journal of Dairy Science 102(3), 2353-2364. DOI 10.3168/jds.2018-15348

Roessler R., Schlecht E. 2021. Application of the laser methane detector for measurements in freely grazing goats: impact on animals' behaviour and methane emissions. Animal 15(1), 100070.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.animal.2020.100070

Sarambé C., Kaboré M.-L., Zampaligré N., Roessler R., Sangaré M. 2020. Forage biomass availability, species diversity and seasonal variation in grazing behaviour of cattle in the outskirts of Ouagadougou. Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Tropics and Subtropics 121(2), 185-194. https://doi.org/10.17170/kobra-202007291510.

Schlecht E., Plagemann J., Mpouam S.E., Sanon H.O., Sangaré M., Roessler R. 2019. Input and output of nutrients and energy in urban and peri-urban livestock holdings of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems, published online 8 May 2019. DOI 10.1007/10705-019-09996-x

Stenchly K., Feldt T., Weiss D., Andriamparany J.N., Buerkert A. 2019. The explanatory power of silent comics: an assessment in the context of knowledge transfer and agricultural extension to rural communities in southwestern Madagascar. PLoS One 14 (6): e0217843. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0217843