Africa / Animal Feeding / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / Forages / ICARDA / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-CRP / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Sheep / Small Ruminants / Value Chains

Desho grass (Pennisetum pedicellatum), a feed resource for mid and high altitude regions of Ethiopia

In June 2016, Bimrew Asmare graduated from Jimma University, studying the agronomic, utilization, nutritive and feeding value of desho grass (Pennisetum pedicellatum) in North-western and Southern Ethiopia. Continue reading

Africa / Animal Breeding / Animal Feeding / Capacity Development / East Africa / Ethiopia / ICARDA / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-CRP / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Research / Scaling / Sheep / Small Ruminants / Value Chains

Integrated sheep improvement technologies showcased in Doyogena, Ethiopia

Feeds and nutrition, community-based sheep breeding and reproduction technologies were the focus of the November 2016 field day in Doyogena, Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples region (SNNPR) of Ethiopia. Hosted by the Areka Agricultural Research Center, the event brought farmers and others together from the Doyogena, Ancha Sedicho and Hewora kebeles where sheep farming is the mainstay of livestock production. Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / Cattle / CIAT / Dairying / East Africa / Feeds / Forages / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Southern Africa / Tanzania / Value Chains

Grass? How an unlikely weapon can help farmers beat drought in Africa

To resist the droughts that decimate rural livelihoods, researchers and farmers in Tanzania are testing different forage grass and legume species to discover which management and grass combinations can boost the quantity and quality of forages in local conditions. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / ASSP / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / ILRI / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Research

Setting up a Near Infrared Spectroscopy platform for feed analysis in Ethiopia

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Agriculture Quality Research Laboratory of the Ethiopian Institute for Agriculture Research (EIAR) recently jointly conducted a training workshop on stationary and mobile Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) use and application in Addis Ababa. Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / ASSP / CGIAR / CIP / Feeds / HUMIDTROPICS-CRP / 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

Africa / Animal Feeding / Animal Products / Capacity Development / Cattle / CGIAR / Dairying / East Africa / ILRI / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Research / Southern Africa / Tanzania / Value Chains

MoreMilkiT producer groups review shows steady progress towards sustainability in Tanzania

The MoreMilkiT project recently reviewed the sustainability of 30 dairy producer groups working with the project in Morogoro and Tanga to gauge their level of sustainability and existing gaps. Continue reading