PRIMA S2 2019 (Step 2) - PRIMA S2 2019 (Step 2)

Camel breeding systems: actors in the sustainable economic development of the northern Sahara territories through innovative strategies for natural resource management and marketing – CAMEL-SHIELD

Submission summary

Marginal in the Maghreb and even more globally, camel breeding systems remain important in desert areas not only from cultural and identity perspectives but also as important economic asset. Moroccan and Algerian Sahara provinces have economic and social interests to develop these systems since this activity is likely to supply local products with a high food value and a potential value-added for the southern areas in the major consumption basins of Northern cities. The camel sector is fully in line with the territorial and economic duality, thus contributing to the reduction of observed inequalities.
In this context, CAMEL-SHIELD aims at providing management solutions adapted to local conditions to improve the adaptability of livestock systems to climate change. These solutions take into account access to resources, breeding and feeding management strategies based on available resources, herd needs and characterization of camel populations, in order to manage herd demographics and to adapt products to marketing potential. The project contributes to the valorisation of traditional and new camel products insuring food and nutrition security and opens up opportunities for the valorisation of by-products. In addition, as part of an economic globalization, the project will allow an acceleration of the local, regional or international market access for products hitherto limited to their production area by the identity dimension of products with an emotional and symbolic pre-eminence.
The project proposes an inter-institutional cooperation, involving development partners, academics and different stakeholders of the whole camel sector, through an interdisciplinary approach by mobilizing expertise, skills and competences. This project gives priority to the expression of the needs of the actors and the search for cultural value shared, by the promotion of values associated with camel breeding and its production.

Project coordination

Johann HUGUENIN (Centre de coopération International en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement)

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.


IAV Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II
UM5 Université Mohamed V
CIRAD Centre de coopération International en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement
UKMO Université Kasdi Merbah Ouargla
UNIBA University of Bari Aldo Moro

Help of the ANR 300,000 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: August 2020 - 48 Months

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