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

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

Integrated delivery systems of improved livestock and fish genetics

The starting point for this brief is that weak public and private sector service delivery constrains translation of
genetic improvements into productivity gains for smallholder farmers in developing countries. It introduces integrated delivery systems as mechanisms to enhance farmer access and uptake of improved livestock and fish genetics. Continue reading

Animal Breeding / Genetics / ICARDA / ILRI / LiveGene / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-CRP / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Research / Value Chains

Novel tools to inform animal breeding programs

The design of a livestock breeding program largely depends on adequate infrastructure—ranging from efficient collection of phenotypes, development of models, data analysis, program implementation to buy-in from the public and farmers. This key infrastructure is usually lacking in developing countries. Using novel tools that circumvent these constraints offers many opportunities to developing countries. However, this requires a range of scientific expertise not readily available, underlining the importance of collaboration between advanced universities and research institutes. Continue reading

Capacity Development / Capacity Strengthening / East Africa / Ethiopia / Gender / ICARDA / LIVESTOCK-CRP / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Small Ruminants / Value Chains

Customizing capacity development interventions for integrating gender in small ruminant value chains in Ethiopia

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and The International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) have been organizing a tailor made gender capacity development intervention for the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish research and development partners in Ethiopia. Continue reading

Animal Breeding / Fish / Genetics / ICARDA / ILRI / LiveGene / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-CRP / LIVESTOCK-FISH / 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

East Africa / Ethiopia / ICARDA / ILRI / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Markets / Sheep / Small Ruminants / Value Chains

Ethiopian small ruminant keepers trained in ‘smart’ collective marketing

Over 400 farmers from the Menz area of North Shewa Zone in Amhara, Ethiopia attended a training on collective marketing to create a common understanding among farmers of what marketing groups are, why farmers need them, how they are formed and managed, and how such groups can be employed in small ruminant marketing. Continue reading

Animal Diseases / Animal Health / Article / ASSP / Capacity Development / East Africa / Ethiopia / ICARDA / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Small Ruminants / Value Chains

Towards coenurosis control: Practical training on dogs faecal examination techniques in Ethiopia

A practical laboratory training was conducted from 8-9 September 2016 at Addis Ababa University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture in Debre Zeit, Ethiopia for national research partners working in faecal examination for coenurosis control. Continue reading