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See detailPlace de l'élevage bovin dans l'économie rurale des Peuls du Nord Bénin
Chabi Toko, Roukayath ULiege

Doctoral thesis (2016)

Fulani belong to a socio-cultural group mainly encountered in West Africa and usually raises cattle. In Benin, Fulani are predominantly met in the two eastern departments of the North where they lead an ... [more ▼]

Fulani belong to a socio-cultural group mainly encountered in West Africa and usually raises cattle. In Benin, Fulani are predominantly met in the two eastern departments of the North where they lead an agro-pastoral way of life. In addition to livestock farming, they cultivate food and cash crops such as cotton. However, they hold majority of the country’s cattle population. The present study was initiated to understand to what extend cattle contributes to their rural economy. A stratified random sample of 150 heads of Fulani households, cattle farmers have been identified in Malanville, Banikoara and Kalalé districts in Borgou and Alibori departments. The criteria considered were: the agro-ecological zone, cattle population and the importance of Fulani population. The first series of surveys enable to characterize Fulani’s cattle farming system and their family farms. Among the 50 heads of households of Kalalé district (which has the more important Fulani community), 16 were selected and it is within their households that the study continued. The households selected were that with a better milk production. Surveys were then carried out during two years, both in dry season and rainy season to describe the Fulani’s household’s economy. The cattle stock composition showed a gender imbalance, with a preponderance of female stock (76%). Cattle herds which average size were 66 animals are made of 86% of Borgou breed. The herds have low breeding performance characterized by a high rate of calf mortality (10%) and low reproductive parameters: calving and fertility rates were 64%. The purchase of fodder in dry season, which concerns 17% of farmers, is a practice encountered in agroecological zones that register light rainfall. Fulani’s large households enable them to have enough family labor to carry out both livestock and agriculture activities. The land is mostly inherited and the average size for a household is about 10.5 ha. All Fulani households are crops producers of which majority (80%) is consumed. A significant part (45%) of them grow an average of 3.3 ha of cotton. In Fulani family farms, cattle represent 52% of the household livestock size; there is also small ruminants and poultry. This cattle permit to majority (76%) of Fulani households to have milk for sale. But milk is managed to favor household consumption and ensure the herd's reproduction. The organization around milk involves male and female. The profits from milk and cheese are distributed among the women of the household at various levels. Although the low (7%) cattle market rate, it contributes significantly (68%) to the household’s monetary income in rainy season and represents the second source (27%) of revenue in dry season. The 20% of food products are mainly sold in dry season and thus contribute to the majority (64%) of income sources. However, when rains started late and the delayed payment of cotton fees, the majority of Fulani households’ cash income in the rainy season, came from cotton (64%) and food products (23%). The growing involvement of Fulani cattle herders of northern Benin on the foodstuffs market and in cotton will lead to two types of farms with opposed production targets (those that will favor livestock and others agriculture). Fulani are a target population that should receive a little more support from authorities because enable them to value their resources would ensure availability and accessibility of food and pastoral products and contribute to the improvement of country’s agricultural production. [less ▲]

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See detailDémographie et performances zootechniques des élevages bovins traditionnels au Nord Bénin
Chabi Toko, Roukayath ULiege; Adégbidi, Anselme; Lebailly, Philippe ULiege

in Revue d'Élevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux (2016), 69(1), 33-39

The study was conducted with 150 Fulani herders in the departments of Borgu and Alibori in Benin. It aimed to determine the zootechnical parameters of traditional cattle farms. The survey collected ... [more ▼]

The study was conducted with 150 Fulani herders in the departments of Borgu and Alibori in Benin. It aimed to determine the zootechnical parameters of traditional cattle farms. The survey collected information on the characteristics of cattle herds. The results showed a high proportion of females (76%), an average herd size (66 animals) and the prevalence of the Borgu breed (86%). The herds also showed a low breeding performance, characterized by a high calf mortality rate (10%), and low reproductive parameters (64% calving and fertility rates). In a year, 0.57 calf was weaned on average by its dam. The low performance of cattle farms in coastal countries such as Benin is consistent with that of pastoral areas, which is complementary in terms of meat supply to West African markets. [less ▲]

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See detailValorisation des produits laitiers dans les ménages peuls du Nord-Est du Bénin
Chabi Toko, Roukayath ULiege; Adégbidi, Anselme; Lebailly, Philippe ULiege

in International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences (2015), 9(6), 2716-2726

La population pastorale et agro-pastorale du Bénin détient presque la totalité du cheptel bovin national. Le lait constitue le produit le plus fréquent issu de l'élevage bovin. Une enquête a été menée ... [more ▼]

La population pastorale et agro-pastorale du Bénin détient presque la totalité du cheptel bovin national. Le lait constitue le produit le plus fréquent issu de l'élevage bovin. Une enquête a été menée dans la commune de Kalalé au sein de 16 ménages peuls afin de comprendre l'organisation de ces ménages dans la gestion du lait. Il ressort que l'organisation autour du capital lait est genre sensible: l'homme aussi bien que la femme, dans leurs rôles respectifs, contribuent à assurer la pérennité du capital bétail. Le lait est géré de façon à privilégier la consommation du ménage et à assurer la reproduction du troupeau. La rémunération du travail fournit ainsi que l'équité dans la distribution des richesses au sein du ménage peul octroi aux femmes qui sont dans le troupeau plus de bénéfices issues du lait provenant du troupeau familial. La disponibilité des produits laitiers dépend de la saison et du milieu. Le lait prévu pour la consommation humaine est gérée de sorte à avoir, une utilisation optimale du lait et de la viande, afin de combler les besoins actuels des membres du ménage, d'assurer la reproduction des biens du ménage ; avant d'alimenter le marché de produits laitiers. [less ▲]

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See detailSocio-economic characteristics of Fulani's households in Northeastern Benin
Chabi Toko, Roukayath ULiege; Adegbidi, Anselme; Lebailly, Philippe ULiege

in Kovacevic, Dusan (Ed.) Book of proceeding Fourth International Scientific Agricultural Symposium "Agrosym 2014" (2014, November)

Fulani belong to a socio-cultural group predominantly met in western Africa and usually raises cattle. Known as a nomadic group, Fulani have become increasingly more settled and combine crop farming with ... [more ▼]

Fulani belong to a socio-cultural group predominantly met in western Africa and usually raises cattle. Known as a nomadic group, Fulani have become increasingly more settled and combine crop farming with livestock husbandry. In Benin Fulani are predominant in the two eastern departments of the north. This community plays a key role in meat and milk supply in the country. But deep information on their household characteristics is scarce so that specific development actions concerning their activities are scarce. This study was carried out to characterize their household and highlight their livelihood strategies in the three agroecological conditions of the study area. 150 Fulani livestock keepers randomly selected were interviewed in 2013. The results show that the average household size is 18 people of which 22% are directly involved in cattle farming. The land is mostly inherited and the average size for a household is about 10.5 ha. Half of the land size is devoted to crops farming mainly 80% for home consumption and 17% to cotton production. Their livestock includes cattle, sheep, goats and poultry (chickens and Guinea fowl). Cattle represent 50% of the household livestock size. Cattle provide daily milk consumed at 51%; the rest is sold. Fulani also sell in average one cattle per month. In less favorable ecological conditions, they derive their income mainly from livestock. While in the regions where it rains more, they diversify their incomes by investing in food crops and cash crop (cotton mainly) farming. [less ▲]

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See detailEssai de synthèse de rôles de l'élevage pastoral au Sahel et en Afrique de l'Ouest
Laouali, Abdoulkadri ULiege; Yamba, Boubacar; Chabi Toko, Roukayath ULiege et al

in Annales de l'Université Abdou Moumouni de Niamey, Série B Lettres et Sciences Humaines (2014), Numéro spécial

Throughout the world, livestock plays an important role in socio-economic life and dietary balance of the population especially in the Sahel and West Africa countries characterized by extensive pastoral ... [more ▼]

Throughout the world, livestock plays an important role in socio-economic life and dietary balance of the population especially in the Sahel and West Africa countries characterized by extensive pastoral farming. Across the literature, this activity appears to be subjected to various controversies including its contribution to the degradation of the environment; greenhouse gas emissions; its low economic performance; etc. This article attempts to state the debate through a literature review showing the importance of pastoral livestock in the economics of the Sahel and West Africa countries as well as in household alimentation and the fight against poverty. Also, it noticed the importance and efficiency of pastoral practice in a precariously natural environment such as the Sahel area [less ▲]

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See detailDiet supplement effect based on cottonseed meal and Vitellaria paradoxa leaves on Borgou cows performance in rainy season
Chabi Toko, Roukayath ULiege; DAHOUDA, Mahamadou; GBAGUIDI, Fernand et al

in International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences (2010), (4(6): 2427-2432),

An experiment was carried out to investigate the effect of supplementing lactating cows with cottonseed meal and Vitellaria paradoxa leaves in the rainy season on milk yield and content, cows daily weight ... [more ▼]

An experiment was carried out to investigate the effect of supplementing lactating cows with cottonseed meal and Vitellaria paradoxa leaves in the rainy season on milk yield and content, cows daily weight gain and profitability. The experimental design was 3 × 3 Latin square with 5 repetitions. Fifteen Borgou cows were offered three diets: grazing on natural pasture, grazing on pasture plus 1.5 kg of cottonseed meal supplement and grazing on natural pasture plus 500 g of Vitellaria paradoxa leaves. Daily milk yield was 946.58 g, 1690.07 g and 1176.89 g for the control, cottonseed meal and Vitellaria paradoxa leaves group respectively. Cows supplemented with cottonseed meal produce significantly (p < 0.05) more milk than the others. The mean values were 15.12%, 0.35%, 5.92% and 4.13% respectively for total solid, ash, fat and protein content. Vitellaria paradoxa leaves significantly (p < 0.05) increase total solid level and ash as well as ash with cottonseed meal. Furthermore, calves daily weight gain (DWG) was significantly different. A net return analysis shows that cottonseed meal and Vitellaria paradoxa leaves supplementation in rainy season was profitable even if Vitellaria paradoxa leaves were more beneficial. [less ▲]

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See detailCaractérisation phénotypique et gestion de la population de poulets locaux dans les communes de Dassa et de Toffo au Bénin
Chabi Toko, Roukayath ULiege

Master of advanced studies dissertation (2008)

Morphometrical and morphological characters of 663 local chickens and management technique, production and breeding aims of 97 breeders were studied in Dassa and Toffo district in Benin. Different ... [more ▼]

Morphometrical and morphological characters of 663 local chickens and management technique, production and breeding aims of 97 breeders were studied in Dassa and Toffo district in Benin. Different phenotypes were identified in the study area: the chicken with normal feathering, the naked neck, the frizzle feathered the soft feathering and the polydactyl. Feather colour of local poultry is variable but the partridge (18.55 %), the black (12.52 %), the light brown (9.05 %) and the brown (8.13 %) are dominants. The comb is predominantly with a simple type (99 %) and essentially the pink (59.58 %) and light pink (29.26 %) colour are encountered. The ear lobes are pink (45.40 %) and white (36.80 %). The beak colour goes from white (0.3 %) through yellow (9.61 %) and black (27.45 %) to brown (40.27 %). The skin is essentially pink, light pink but legs are white and grey. Eyes are most orange (70.14 %) and brownish (27.75 %). The two sexes were not significantly different for body measurements. The hen weighs 773.04 g ± 322.71 and the coq 745.84 g ± 353.7. The region had an effect on body measurements because Dassa’s chickens had average value globally higher than the one in Toffo. Correlation coefficients between body live weight and the other body linear measurements were high and significant. Three groups of chicken emerge: those with yellow beak and those with black beak met in Dassa district and those with cream beak and diverse feathers colour observed in Toffo district. Results also show that 52.58 % of chicken breeders are female and for 71.13 % of them, poultry contributes about 40-100 % to their annual income. The breeders in Toffo had a higher chicken stock and this supports the hypothesis that “lower land owners keep more chickens”. Chicken are raised for rituals uses, market and consumption. Local chicken are appreciated for two purposes: eggs and meat production. The selection criteria are based on the hen’s prolificity and its live weight. Hens reached their sexual maturity between 24 and 26 weeks of age. [less ▲]

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See detailAspects zootechniques et économiques de l’utilisation des feuilles de Vitellaria paradoxa et de tourteau de coton en supplémentation sur la production laitière de la vache Borgou en saison hivernale
Chabi Toko, Roukayath ULiege

Master's dissertation (2005)

Experiment was carried out to investigate the effects of cottonseed meal (CSM) and Vitellaria paradoxa leaves in rainy season supplementation on milk yield, composition of the milk, live weight changes ... [more ▼]

Experiment was carried out to investigate the effects of cottonseed meal (CSM) and Vitellaria paradoxa leaves in rainy season supplementation on milk yield, composition of the milk, live weight changes and their economical returns. To examine these effects, fifteen (15) Borgou cattle, in late lactation were offered three (3) dietary treatments: grazing natural pasture (control); the two other treatments received in addition cottonseed meal and Vitellaria paradoxa leaves supplements. The experiment lasted ten (10) weeks, including an adaptation period of two (2) weeks. Average daily milk yield was 946,58 g, 1690,07 g and 1176,89 g for the control, cottonseed meal and Vitellaria paradoxa leaves group respectively. Dietary treatments had a significant (p< 0,05) effect on milk yield during the trial. Only cows supplemented CSM produce significantly more milk than those unsupplemented (increasing of 78,54 %). But there is no differences among supplemented group. Cottonseed meal group produce more than 43,60 % milk yield compared to the second supplemented group. The treatments had a significant effect on total solid and milk ash. But no significant effect was observed on fat and protein content. The over all mean values were 15,12 %, 0,35 %, 5,92 % and 4,13 % respectively for total solid, ash, fat and protein content. There were no significant differences (p<0,05) in live weight changes of supplemented group cows. Further more, calves live weight changes were significantly different. Supplemented groups calves live weight increase was significantly more than those unsupplemented from birth to the end of the trial (212,06 g/d and 219,10 g/d versus 161,1 g/d). From birth to the beginning of the trial, only Vitellaria paradoxa leaves group calves had a significant increase in live weight changes. Only CSM group calves had a significant increase in live weight changes (124,98 g/d versus 53,54 g/d for non supplemented group calves) during the trial. Calves live weight changes from birth to the beginning of the trial were highly significantly correlated with those from birth to the end of the trial for all the experimental herd and for CSM group (r = 0,96 and r = 0,99). In other hand, these two live weight changes were slightly correlated for the control (r = 0,96) and Vitellaria paradoxa group (r = 0,97). A net return analysis shows that cottonseed meal and Vitellaria paradoxa supplementation in rainy season was profitable even if Vitellaria paradoxa was more beneficial. [less ▲]

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