CIAT’s guinea pig work in DRC featured by Reuters

7 May, 2012 by (comments)

Work by CIAT scientists to improve rural nutrition in Democratic Republic of Congo through guinea pig production has featured as one of the “Solutions for a Hungry World” – a special feature by Alertnet, the humanitarian arm of the Reuters news agency.

No-one is really sure how guinea pigs – known in East Africa as “cavies” – arrived in the region from their homeland in the Andes, but it seems they are perfectly suited to conditions in DRC. Cavies are typically fed kitchen waste, and now improved CIAT forages can boost production and help ensure rural families have a source of protein. Crucially, due to being small and therefore easy to conceal, there is less likelihood they will be looted – a serious problem with the production of larger livestock.

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