Cavies are not rats! They’re a source of protein and income – study

New research by scientists from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and Wageningen University reveals that cavies are an essential source of animal protein, especially for children. They are also a source of income and manure for crop production in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).
Titled “Micro-livestock in smallholder farming systems: The role, challenges, and opportunities for cavies in South Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo”, the research was carried out under the framework of the Consortium for Improving Agricultural Livelihoods in Central Africa (CIALCA) and published in October 2019 in Tropical Animal Health and Production.

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