Africa / Animal Feeding / ASSP / CGIAR / CIP / Feeds / HUMIDTROPICSCRP / IITA / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Nigeria / RTB / West Africa

Transforming cassava peel waste to quality feeds fast-tracked by private sector in Nigeria

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Ibadan, Nigeria, recently developed a technology to process fresh cassava peels into high quality cassava peel products with better shelf life and nutrient profiles acceptable to the feed industry. The activity is an outcome of a multi-centre CGIAR collaboration including ILRI, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / BecA / CIAT / East Africa / Feeds / Forages / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / PIM / Research

Improved forages can boost milk production in East Africa

New varieties of high-quality, drought-resistant forage grasses could boost milk production by 40 percent and generate millions of dollars in economic benefits for struggling East African dairy farmers, according to a new analysis by experts at CIAT. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Cattle / CGIAR / CIAT / Feeds / Forages / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / 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

LIVESTOCK-FISH

Multidimensional crop improvement research on grain legumes in Ethiopia

Originally posted on Africa RISING:
Three Ethiopian MSc. students, who contributed to ICARDA’s research on multidimensional improvement of grain legumes recently graduated from Ethiopian Universities. Tena Alemu and Asemahegn Mersha graduated from Hawassa University under joint supervision of Jane Wamatu (ICARDA), Adugna Tolera and Mohammed Beyan. Teklu Wegi graduated from Haramaya University under joint supervision…

LIVESTOCK-FISH

East African dairy farmers using mobile phones to record yields

Originally posted on ILRI policies, instititions and livelihoods program:
Smallholder dairy farmers participating in dairy hubs supported by East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) in Kenya and Uganda are set to benefit from an innovative and interactive mobile-based system allowing them to effectively record farm events and gain access to productivity-enhancing information and services. The EADD…

Asia / Cattle / Dairying / India / LIVESTOCK-FISH / South Asia / Value Chains

Taking stock and looking ahead: Livestock and Fish further develops dairy value chain work in India

Originally posted on ILRI Asia:
The CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish recently reviewed its current projects and activities in India and set plans for 2016 and beyond. At a review and planning meeting held 24-26 September 2015 at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in Varanasi City in Uttar Pradesh, progress of the Livestock…