Genetic Resources

Farm Animal Genetic Resources


Farm Animal Genetic Resources

To support conservation of Farm Animal Genetic Resources in South Africa.
To support the sustainable livestock sector and livestock industry now and in future


  • Collection; storage and characterization of FAnGRs.
  • Promote the value of FAnGRs
  • Ensure equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of FAnGRs.
  • Coordinate surveys on the status of FAnGRs.
  • Research towards long term conservation and use of FAnGRs.


What we do?

Emergency Responses

The Farm Animal Genetic Resources Sub-directorate is frequently involved in emergency responses triggered either by the incursion of severe animal diseases, which have the ability to rapidly spread over large geographical areas of South Africa and into previously unaffected provinces, or by natural and man-made disasters such as droughts, floods, earthquakes, etc. Both types of emergency have in common that they can severely affect the existence of animal genetic resources and its importance to the livelihoods.

FAnGR Projects

In support of Genetic Resources Directorate’s mandate, the sub-directorate FAnGR designs and implements specific projects at national, province and local government levels. Funding for these projects can be provided directly by DAFF or by stakeholders through Service Level Agreements (SLA) or Memorundum of Understanding (MoU). Project formulation and implementation by the FAnGR is done in close association with the Directorate for Research and Policy Development, Provincial Departments of Agriculture`s Research Directorates, Agricultural Research Council (ARC) and Universities.

In addition to demand-driven projects, FAnGR develops project proposals on topics it considers relevant, for which it seeks funding by mainly DAFF. Presently FAnGR is implementing two large projects in support of its core mandate:

  • The role played by the indigenous FAnGR to Zero Hunger programme of DAFF
  • The importance of characterization and breeding of indigenous animals in order to cope with the effect of Climate Change.>
  • Conservation of indigenous animals in South Africa


Contact us

Department of Agriculture, forestry and fisheries
30 Hamilton street
Harvest House Building

Directorate Genetic Resources
Private bag x973

Mr Tlou Chokoe
Scientific Manager : Farm Animal Genetic Resources (FAnGR)
Tel: +27 12 319 6233