Livestock networks in Cameroon

Livestock  Networks in Cameroon

Understanding livestock movement networks is key to understanding and controlling the spread of infectious diseases. In high income countries animals are restricted to specific farm locations and their movements can be traced easily. In sub-Saharan Africa however, animals mix in very different ways with access to communal grazing, seasonal movements for transhumance and complex trading patterns. This project aims to describe the livestock market networks, how animals flow through this network and how it connects out to herds. Using this we will develop a simulation model that will allow us to explore transmission of endemic diseases such as FMD through the network and explore the impacts of interventions like market closures.