Feedlot, Crossbreeding and Meat Value Chain Upgrade


Nigeria : ( Kwara, Bauchi, Borno States and Federal Capital Territory)

Nigeria, while having the largest population in Africa at 160m, which is about 25% of the African continents population, has an extremely informal beef supply chain. Today, beef consumption in Nigeria is about 2 kilos per capita and that is low compared to 6 kilos for countries with similar income levels. Nigerians also get low value for their money in beef, as it is two to three times more expensive than imported beef could be, and can pose health risks. Nigerian beef has been known to carry tuberculosis and anthrax, for example.

Most of Nigerian Abattoirs and slaughterhouses, 90% of which belongs to various governments, remain in shambles today without Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) with meat for sale to consumers placed in very offensive and unhygienic situations. So is also the transportation system. This is obviously against the principle of the "Codex Alimentarius” of the WHO and FAO, to which Nigeria is a signatory. For these reasons and many more, Nigerian Beef has not been able to find its way into the International market despite huge potentials for this. It is common knowledge that Nigerian meat, especially beef is of poor nutrition level, and also poses high level of health risk. Nigerian beef has been known to carry tuberculosis, anthrax, and Brucellosis amongst others. A Nigerian study by ILRI in 2010 for example, estimated the total cost associated with beef-borne diarrhoea at US$156 million per annum. These hazardous situations has not abated up to the present day. 


  • Increase the productivity of livestock systems and improve the meat quality of animals (cattle, sheep, goats, camels) presented in livestock markets by genetical modification and feed ;
  • Improve the transport and sale conditions of animals and meat and the logistics and operations efficiency in medium-sized or large crossborder and urban markets (small infrastructure,equipment, etc.) 
  • Rehabilitating or upgrading livestock markets (especially at the borders), taking into account the complementary infrastructure and services provided ;
  • Facilitate border crossing procedures and improve the efficiency and health safety of slaughterhouses, butcher's and pork butcher's shops ;
  • Upgrade slaughterhouses and retailing outlets ;
  • Facilitate livestock compliance with health and trade regulations prevailing in trade corridors ;
  • Training for stakeholders in the sector involving courses that may cover technical, commercial, accounting and administrative aspects. 
200,544.75 USD
Résultats attendus: 
  • Increased number of feedlot in operation ;
  • Increase in Metric tons (MT) of meat produced ;
  • Increase in Smallholder investment ; 
  • Increase in average slaughter weigh per cow
  • Increase in packaged/processed meat produced ;
  • Better percentage of good quality meat at retail ;
  • Attracting more investments ;
  • Reliable input supply as a function of increase in slaughter rates ;
  • Better disease monitoring and effective Veterinary controls across the borders.
  • Consistent supplies of commercial feed by increase in number of providers ;
  • Attracting direct and indirect jobs to especially the youth and women ; 
  • Increase in average kg per capita of meat
Partenaires Financiers: 
Direction de développement et de la coopération de la confédération suisse

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