Foreword 9; Scientific Editors 11; Research and development potential in Africa; Animal power in the West and Central Francophone zone of Africa in a renewed context: the issues for development and research achievements 13; E. Vall & Ph. Lhoste; The role of work animals in semi-arid West Africa: current use and their potential for future contributions 27; A. Fall, A. Fall, A. Diack & F. Dia; Aspects of work animal use in semi-arid farming systems 39; B.G. Sims & D.H. O'Neill; Adoption of dairy-draught technology in a mixed crop/livestock farming system - A case study from Ethiopia 51; C.E.S. Larsen, T. Kumsa & A. Tegegne; Work animals: feeding, management and harnessing issues; Nutritional requirements, feed intake and digestion in working donkeys: a comparison with other work animals 63; J-L. Tisserand & R.A. Pearson; Estimation of energy expenditures in horses and donkeys at rest and when carrying a load 75; A. Guerouali, H. Bouayad & M. Taouil; Adjusting the feed supply of draught donkeys to the intensity of their work 79; E. Vall, O. Abakar & Ph. Lhoste; A method for estimating body condition score (BCS) in donkeys 93; E. Vall, A.L. Ebangi & O. Abakar; A review of feeding strategies, feeds and management of equines in Central-Southern Italy 103; N. Miraglia, M. Polidori & E. Salimei; Management strategies for trypanotolerant draught animals in West Africa 113; O.O. Akinbamijo, R.A. Pearson & A. Fall; Management, health and reproduction of donkeys used for work in peri-urban areas of West and East Shewa, Ethiopia: a survey 123; R.A. Pearson, M. Alemayehu, A. Tesfaye, D.G. Smith, G. Kebede & M. Asfaw. Integrated harness and implement design - a key factor in developing improved equipment for animal draught tillage operations 145; F. Inns; Working buffalo in South East Asia: performance and feeding; A study of performance, physiological parameters and economic efficiency of working buffaloes in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam 165; N. Van Thu; Effect of supplements on performance, physiological values, rumen parameters and intake of draught buffaloes 173; N. Van Thu; Working camels in Africa: multipurpose animals; The one-humped camel as a producer of rural and urban energy 181; R.T. Wilson; Camel traction in Niger: Between tradition and modern use 201; S.G. Vias Franck, X. Pacholek, H. Daouda & B. Faye; Author index 208; Keyword index 209.