The Genomic Reference Resource for African Cattle (GRRFAC)


The Genomic Reference Resource for African Cattle (GRRFAC) has been created through a partnership between African countries/institutes and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), under the Dairy Genomic Program of the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health.  The resource is envisioned to comprise a collated and publicly accessible set of genomic information on African cattle. 

It is intended that the resource be used by African and international research community in cattle genomics for the ultimate benefit of African livestock keepers, other livestock value chain actors and animal-source food consumers. This information is intended to be used for a variety of purposes including, amongst other: development of better tools for genomic assays of African cattle, such as SNP-assays for genome wide association studies or breed composition analysis; discovery of markers, genes, and / or gene-networks underpinning important productivity or adaptation traits; and population genetics analysis.


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Senegal Ecole Inter Etats des Sciences et Médecine Vétérinaires de Dakar (EISMV) Ayao Missohou
Burkina Faso Institut de l’Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles (INERA), Ouagadougougou Amadou Traore
Chad National High Institute of Sciences and Techniques, Abeche Youssouf Issa
Togo Universite de Lome Essonina Talaki
Sudan University of Khartoum Bashir Salim
Ethiopia ILRI Tadelle Dessie
Rwanda Rwanda Agricultural Board Claire D'Andre
Kenya ILRI Karen Marshall
Madagascar Ministère de l’Elevage Madame Simone Ravaorimanana
Ghana University of Ghana Dr. Richard Osei-Amponsah
Guinea Central Vétérinaire de Dianostic (LCVD) Diallo Boubacar
Nigeria Centre for Genomics Research and Innovation, (NABDA), Abuja Oyekanmi Nash