Animal Breeding / Cattle / Central America / CGIAR / Dairying / East Africa / Genetics / ILRI / India / Indigenous breeds / Kenya / LiveGene / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-CRP / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Nicaragua / Research / South Asia / Southern Africa / Tanzania / Value Chains

Dairy production systems and the adoption of genetic and breeding technologies in Tanzania, Kenya, India and Nicaragua

This paper characterizes dairy production systems in India, Tanzania, Kenya and Nicaragua, and describes the genetic and breeding technologies that hold promise for the advancement of global development goals. Continue reading

Africa / Aquaculture / Central America / Dairying / Egypt / Environment / Fish / ILRI / Impact Assessment / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-CRP / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Nicaragua / North Africa / Research / SLS / Southern Africa / Systems Analysis / Tanzania / Targeting / Value Chains / WorldFish

Assessing the environmental impacts of livestock and fish production

In late 2016, the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish produced several synthesis products, including a series of briefs on ex-ante environment impact assessment work carried out between 2012 and 2016. This brief introduces the justification for this work and the different streams of work to develop and test tools to assess the environmental impacts of livestock and fish production in developing countries. Continue reading

Animal Breeding / Cattle / Central America / CGIAR / CIAT / Dairying / Gender / ILRI / Latin America / LiveGene / 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 / 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 / Dairying / Feeds / Forages / LIVESTOCK-FISH / 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 / Extension / Feeds / Gender / Intensification / LIVESTOCK-FISH / 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

Cattle / Central America / CGIAR / CIAT / East Africa / Gender / Genetics / ILRI / LiveGene / LIVESTOCK-FISH / 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