Africa / Animal Breeding / CGIAR / East Africa / Ethiopia / Event / Genetics / ICARDA / Indigenous breeds / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Research / Sheep / Small Ruminants / Value Chains

Expert group plans small ruminant genetics and breeding to the next level in Ethiopia

On 17-18 December 2015, a group of about 25 people gathered in Debre Birhan, Ethiopia, to devise the next steps for small ruminants breeding. This group comprised most of the country’s experts in sheep and goat breeding, from across the country. Continue reading

Africa / Animal Breeding / Animal Feeding / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / Genetics / ICARDA / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Sheep / Small Ruminants / Value Chains

Smallholder farmers in Ethiopia review successes and challenges in sheep fattening

Selected participant farmers drawn from community-based breeding programs in Doyogena, Horro, Menz and Bonga sites are gearing up to undertake phase 2 of their sheep fattening project that runs from 15 January to 15 April 2016. 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 / 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