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

Smallholder farmers in Ethiopia review successes and challenges in sheep fattening

Selected participant farmers drawn from community-based breeding programs in Doyogena, Horro, Menz and Bonga sites are gearing up to undertake phase 2 of their sheep fattening project that runs from 15 January to 15 April 2016. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Cattle / Central America / CIAT / Communications / Dairying / Gender / Latin America / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Nicaragua / Research / Value Chains / Women

Reaching out to Nicaraguan livestock farming communities: ‘Because the farm belongs to all of us’

Seeking to address issues regarding the way men and women livestock farmers understand and manifest masculinity in their lives by identifying behaviours and dynamics linked to traditional gender roles in rural communities, the Livestock and Fish program recorded two radio vignettes with a group of five community members, in collaboration with Radio Camoapa, a local radio station located in the center-north region of Nicaragua. Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / CIAT / Feeds / Forages / ILRI / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH

Accelerating forage breeding to boost livestock productivity

The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC), with partners in the UK, Colombia and Kenya bring together their leading expertise in forage breeding for animal nutrition, cutting-edge genomics and phenomics technologies to accelerate the improvement of Brachiaria, a vital livestock feed crop in central Africa and Latin America. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Asia / Cattle / Dairying / ILRI / India / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Policy / South Asia / Value Chains

Policy incoherence in smallholder dairying in Bihar, India

This new paper maps the existing innovation capacity of the smallholder dairy sector through an analysis of patterns of interaction among the various actors and identifies the major institutions and policies that currently constrain development of improved capacity for innovation. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / CGIAR / East Africa / Feeds / Intensification / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Pigs / Uganda / Value Chains

Uganda pig feed trials show benefits of local feed solutions

As part of a research intervention aimed at alleviating the feed crunch for Uganda’s smallholder pig producers, the University of Guelph’s Department of Population Medicine, in partnership with ILRI, tested novel pig diets using locally available crop residues and feedstuffs to determine the difference (if any) in the average daily gain in weight of pigs fed on a silage-based ration, or a ration using local feedstuffs and if these differ from ADG of pigs fed commercial feed. Continue reading