Animal Breeding / Fish / Genetics / ICARDA / ILRI / LiveGene / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / LIVESTOCKCRP / Research / Value Chains / WorldFish

Delivering animal breeding programs in developing countries: Some lessons from the Livestock and Fish program

Implementing sustainable livestock and fish breeding programs requires careful consideration of the species in question, their specific biological constraints, the production environment and the trait preferences of farmers, as well as a careful selection and use of innovative technology. Successful breeding programs rely on livestock keepers as co-owners of breeding programs as such programs are meant for them and they benefit from their full participation. Continue reading

Community gender profiles help target small ruminant value chain interventions in Ethiopia
Africa / ASSP / Ethiopia / Gender / ICARDA / ILRI / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Research / Targeting / Value Chains / Women

Community gender profiles help target small ruminant value chain interventions in Ethiopia

This brief on community gender profiles across livestock production systems in Ethiopia found that differences in gender roles in livestock production are not only observed across regions, but also across farming systems. Men undertake a few tasks, while women engage in multiple activities, illustrating the complexity of their roles. Women are primarily responsible for dairy-related and small ruminant management activities across sites, particularly in the drier areas. Perceptions of gender in terms access to and control over resources were also found to vary from location to location, even among individuals of the same sex. Continue reading

Preventing small ruminant diseases through education in Ethiopia
Agri-Health / Animal Diseases / Animal Health / ASSP / East Africa / Ethiopia / Goats / ILRI / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / 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 health research to improve small ruminant productivity in Ethiopia
Animal Diseases / Animal Health / ASSP / East Africa / Ethiopia / Goats / ILRI / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / 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