ABS / Animal Breeding / Cattle / Central America / CGIAR / CIAT / CRP37 / Dairying / Gender / ILRI / Latin America / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Nicaragua / Value Chains / Women

Integrating gender analysis to understand dual-purpose cattle breeding practices in Nicaragua

This poster, produced for the Tropentag 2016 conference, shares findings from an evaluation of the impacts of intra-household gender influences on breed choice, productivity and the adoption of breeding technologies in central Nicaragua. Continue reading

Cattle / Central America / CGIAR / CIAT / Climate Change / CRP37 / Dairying / Forages / Latin America / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Nicaragua / Value Chains

Sustainable milk and beef production in Nicaragua: actions and opportunities for an inclusive value chain

This poster, produced for the Tropentag 2016 conference, show how Livestock and Fish feed and forages work has improved the productivity of forage-based livestock production and increased carbon accumulation and at the same time reduced its ecological footprint as part of LivestockPlus. 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

Climate-smart sustainable intensification: a business strategy for small cattle farmers in Central America
Animal Feeding / Capacity Development / Capacity Strengthening / Cattle / Central America / CIAT / Climate Change / Crop-Livestock / CRP37 / Extension / Feeds / Gender / Intensification / Markets / Nicaragua / Value Chains

Climate-smart sustainable intensification: a business strategy for small cattle farmers in Central America

Silvopastoral systems provide a broad range of environmental and productive benefits. The presence of trees in farm plots stabilizes hillsides, minimizes erosion, improves the soil’s water retention and nutrient balance, and provides feed and shade for cattle. These practices generate higher milk and meat yields while contributing to the resilience of production systems in the face of climate variability, which is manifesting in increasingly extreme ways in Central America. Continue reading

ABS / Cattle / Central America / CGIAR / CIAT / CRP37 / East Africa / Gender / Genetics / ILRI / Nicaragua / Research / Small Ruminants / Somalia / Women

What women want? Gender, genetics and livestock improvement

In 2015, ILRI scientists leading genetics projects in Nicaragua and Somaliland took a special interest in the (human) gender dimensions of their projects. Working with the Livestock and Fish Gender Initiative, livestock geneticists Julie Ojango and Karen Marshall decided to dig deeper to discover whether specific gender analysis integrated in their projects could help the communities they work with realize improved genetics gains in their animals. Continue reading

Animal Breeding / Cattle / Central America / CRP37 / Genetics / Nicaragua

Discussing cattle breeding priorities with Nicaraguan dual purpose cattle farmers

As part of the “More milk and meat through better breeds” project, seeking to increase the productivity of dual-purpose cattle in Nicaragua through the use of appropriate breed types and the application of best husbandry practices, the Livestock and Fish team held focus group discussions in the action sites of Matiguas and Camoapa (Nicaragua). The … Continue reading