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

Livestock and Fish getting to grips with small ruminant diseases in Ethiopia

Mrs Diriba and her family live in a small village in the Horro woreda, in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. Like many other highland sheep farmers, they worry a lot about the poor growth, particularly about losing animals to infectious diseases. Poor reproductive performance and high lamb mortality are huge problems for sheep farmers. Continue reading

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

Improved small ruminant value chains in Ethiopia focus of new Livestock and Fish project

In April this year, the International Fund for Agricultural Development agreed to co-finance a three year project to improve the performance of pro-poor sheep and goat value chains for enhanced livelihoods, food and nutrition security in Ethiopia. The project is led by the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) with contributions from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR). Continue reading

East Africa / Ethiopia / Genetics / Goats / ICARDA / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Research / Sheep / Small Ruminants / Value Chains

Improved reproductive techniques enable effective use of superior rams in Ethiopia’s community-based sheep breeding programs

Genetic improvement of small ruminants has been identified as a “best bet” in Ethiopia’s highland areas. As part of the Livestock and Fish small ruminant value chain development activities in Ethiopias, community-based breeding programs established through an earlier project (located in Horro, Menz, Bonga and Abergelle) were strengthened and new ones were established in Atsbi and Doyogena. Continue reading

Animal Breeding / East Africa / Ethiopia / Genetics / Goats / ICARDA / ILRI / LiveGene / Livestock / Markets / Sheep / Small Ruminants / Value Chains

Sheep and goat research in Ethiopia: PhD and MSc theses supported by Livestock and Fish program

The Livestock and Fish program combines a focus on value chain development in a few target countries with ‘technology’ research on animal feeding, genetics and health. In Ethiopia, this has led to support for academic research grounded in the value chain needs identified in recent years. Continue reading

Animal Breeding / East Africa / Ethiopia / Genetics / ICARDA / Indigenous breeds / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Sheep / Small Ruminants

Community-based sheep improvement – research helps breed strong rural communities in Ethiopia

A community in Mena, Ethiopia, is running a community-based breeding project with their sheep. After 5 years, researchers are seeing positive results in terms of people’s livelihods and income, collective efforts, community empowerment, and the quality of the local sheep. Continue reading

Animal Breeding / East Africa / Ethiopia / Event / Feeds / Goats / ICARDA / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Sheep / Small Ruminants / Value Chains

Integrating improved feeding practices to enhance reproductive and fattening performance in community-based sheep breeding programs in Ethiopia

ICARDA recently invited livestock breeders, livestock nutritionists and socio-economists from partner research centers in Ethiopia to a consultative workshop to discuss the possibilities of modifying existing feeding strategies in sheep flocks in the context of the ongoing Community-Based Sheep Breeding Program in Ethiopia. Continue reading