Call edition 2012
A new edition of the Prize of the Belgian Development Cooperation has been launched. This call is open until March 31st, 2011. You can read in the regulations whether you comply with the criteria for participation.
A title like 'Study of the Ecology of the Common Bush Fowl (Francolinus Bicalcaratus Linnaeus 1766) and Elaboration of a Pattern for its Breeding in strict Captivity' is challenging, and was risky. A 'wild' species! And how to breed it in captivity! Marius Ekue won the bet. Indeed, his study is very well-organized, meets the usual requirements for publications, even slightly above the level required normally at the end of the second cycle at universities. The study deals with the habitat, reproduction characteristics and population dynamic, the socio-economic importance of the francolin hunt, the external morphological variability of francolins, the behaviour follow -up of francolins raised in captivity and the nutritional value of francolin meat. Being open-minded towards development and future, Marius Ekue clearly demonstrated the potentialities of this bird and, even more, the efforts to increase meat production, using local and renewable resources. He thus entered into the small group of names, well-known in the field of these animal species, who boost scientific and technical knowledge in the field of mini-livestock. The quality of the document should be associated with the two lecturers who supervised it, i.e. Dr. Eng. J.T.C. Codjia and Dr. Ir. G.A. Mensah, who supported the theme on behalf of the Department of Agronomy of Benin, precursor for many years in mini-livestock development, where Marius Ekue's degree of Agricultural Engineer, was delivered.
Report by Prof. emeritus Dr. Ing. Jacques Hardouin, Agricultural engineer and Doctor in veterinary medecine, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium