List of Illustrations
||Rabbit production in Algeria illustrative of simple
housing constructed from local materials, and forage based feeding
||The National Rabbit Project at Kwabenya in Ghana. This illustrates
the use of simply constructed housing from local materials
||A large crossbred rabbit at the National Rabbit Project in Ghana
||The publicity campaign for the Government sponsored National Rabbit
Project in Ghana
||A basket cage made of interwoven split bamboo at Bunda College,
Malawi. The roll back lid is constructed from split bamboo and wire.
The floors are constructed with the outer portion of the bamboo upwards,
which reduces damage from gnawing and facilitates cleaning
||Experimental rabbit housing at Bunda College, Malawi. The cage is
of bamboo construction with walls and a part of the floor plastered
with mud. Wire has been used for exposed ties to avoid damage by gnawing.
The roof has been removed to give a clearer view of the interior.
||Nesting box made from local clay at Bunda College, Malawi
||Feeding and drinking bowls made from local clay at Bunda College,
||Traditionally smoked and dried grasscutter (Thyronomys swinderianus)
||Traditionally prepared rabbit carcase smoked in a kiln for 12 hours:
ventral view. (The fur would normally be burned or singed off)
||Conventionally dressed rabbit carcase smoked in a kiln for 12 hours:
ventral view (left) and dorsal view (right)
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Centre for Overseas Pest Research) a British Government organisation,
funded by the Overseas Development Administration, which provides technical
assistance to developing countries. The Institute specialises in post-harvest
problems and pest and vector management.
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The authors would like to thank the various personnel and organisations,
who helped to provide some of the information presented. In particular
they would like to thank J Flux of the Department of Scientific and Industrial
Research, New Zealand, for his advice and discussion; N Mamattah, University
of Ghana, J F Mcnitt and P E Makhambera, Bunda College, Malawi, and E
Stamp, Oxfam UK, for photographic material.