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Preventing small ruminant diseases through education in Ethiopia
Agri-Health / Animal Diseases / Animal Health / ASSP / CRP37 / East Africa / Ethiopia / Goats / ILRI / Livestock / Research / Sheep / Small Ruminants / Value Chains

Preventing small ruminant diseases through education in Ethiopia

Crucial to preventing animal diseases is helping farmers understand how certain diseases spread. Researchers at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) have developed an information poster and leaflet about the parasitic disease coenurosis which affects sheep an goats. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Cattle / Central America / CIAT / Climate Change / CRP37 / Dairying / Feeds / Forages / Nicaragua

Livestock and Fish science leadership promotes the development of Nicaragua’s livestock sector

Recently, the Nicaraguan Institute for Agricultural Technology (INTA) organized the “First International Congress on Challenges and Opportunities to Increase National Livestock Productivity” in Managua, Nicaragua. Highlighting the collaboration of CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish (L&F) within the model of collaboration based on alliances, dialogue, and consensus promoted by the country’s public sector, members of CIAT’s forages team presented the Program’s contributions to the development of the region’s livestock sector. Continue reading

Animal health research to improve small ruminant productivity in Ethiopia
Animal Diseases / Animal Health / ASSP / CRP37 / East Africa / Ethiopia / Goats / ILRI / Livestock / Research / Sheep / Small Ruminants / Value Chains

Animal health research to improve small ruminant productivity in Ethiopia

Capacity development interventions for animal health workers can improve health of livestock, according to a poster developed by veterinarian Barbara Wieland at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Wieland details a number of interventions, that if implemented, will help improve small ruminant productivity whilst increasing income and facilitating the lives of smallholders. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Cattle / CGIAR / CIAT / CRP37 / Feeds / Forages / Livestock / Research

Brachiaria breakthrough: CIAT scientists home-in on apomixis

Since the late 1980s, CIAT scientists have been breeding Brachiaria with the goal of developing superior apomictic hybrids for the tropical forage market. Brachiaria has a number of advantages over other forage grasses: highly nutritious, it can help farmers increase the productivity of their cattle, while also capturing carbon dioxide and restoring poor soils – particularly when used in silvopastoral systems. Steady advances to improve brachiaria have been made over the years using classical breeding methods. Recently, however, CIAT forage breeder Margaret Worthington has been looking to accelerate these gains through modern molecular breeding strategies. Continue reading

Animal Products / CRP37 / Dairying / East Africa / ILRI / Livestock / PTVC / Report / Research / Southern Africa / Tanzania / Value Chains

Tanzania livestock development plan to boost dairy farmers’ incomes

Tanzania’s milk producers will gain more than one billion shillings (USD 500,000) annually from implementation of three key interventions— improved access to inputs, increase in the national dairy herd and better industry regulation. Continue reading