The Baggara breed is part of the shorthorned Zebu group of breeds of eastern Africa. Baggara cattle are smaller and thinner than the Boran breed of Kenya and Ethiopia. They are named for the Baggara people of western Sudan and central Chad, who keep Baggara cattle. Ironically, Baggara means cattle people in the Shuwa Arabic language of these people. The related Butana and Kenana breeds of the Nile Valley are dairy breeds and need much more feed and water than the Baggara, which are known for their hardiness and ability to thrive in the dry Sahel. The Baggara breed is being improved by breeding projects of the Sudanese Department of Agriculture.