Article / East Africa / Ethiopia / Goats / ICARDA / ILRI / LIVESTOCKCRP / Scaling / Sheep / Small Ruminants / Value Chains

Ethiopia small ruminant project stakeholders plan and prioritize 2017-18 interventions

On 19–20 April 2017, a workshop, in Addis Ababa, brought together livestock sector stakeholders to assess 28 small ruminant value chain transformation interventions identified and tested and/or adopted over the last five years. The goal was to develop integrated packages of proven best-bet technological and institutional interventions for each target site. Continue reading

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A4NH / Africa / AHH / Animal Diseases / Animal Health / ASSP / CGIAR / East Africa / Ethiopia / Goats / ICARDA / ILRI / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / LIVESTOCKCRP / Research / Sheep / Small Ruminants / Value Chains

Improving the health of small ruminants in Ethiopia

In late 2016, the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish produced several synthesis products, including a series of briefs on its animal health work carried out between 2012 and 2016. This brief reviews interventions and tools to improve small ruminant health in Ethiopia. Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / Forages / ICARDA / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / LIVESTOCKCRP / 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-FISH / LIVESTOCKCRP / 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-FISH / LIVESTOCKCRP / 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-FISH / LIVESTOCKCRP / 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-FISH / LIVESTOCKCRP / 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