Animal Feeding / BecA / East Africa / Forages / ILRI / Kenya

Brachiaria grass significantly increases livestock productivity in East Africa

Prepared for the ILRI-BecA Hub 15 year event on 3 February 2016, this poster explains ways research in the Hub aims to increase availability of quality forage in the program areas of Kenya and Rwanda through the development and promotion of drought and low fertility adapted Brachiaria grass varieties. Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / ASSP / Crop Residues / Crop-Livestock / CRP34 / CRP37 / East Africa / Feeds / Pigs / Uganda

Feeding pigs roots, tubers and bananas in Uganda

A recent study of ‘Perceptions and practices of farmers on the utilization of sweetpotato, and other root tubers, and banana for pig feeding in smallholder crop-livestock systems in Uganda’ calls for further exploration of strategies to conserve such crop residues during the harvest period to reduce waste and improve incomes for smallholder pig farmers in Uganda. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / ASSP / Dairying / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / Innovation Systems / Knowledge & Information / Livestock

New study looks at institutional barriers to dairy development in Ethiopia

We recently published a paper looking at how the Ethiopian dairy innovation system has functioned to support the development of the Ethiopian dairy sector and what have been the major technical, economic, and institutional constraints in the process. Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / ASSP / CRP37 / CRP4 / East Africa / Feeds / Fodder / Forages / FSZ / ILRI / Pigs / Uganda

Nutritional value of feed ingredients for pigs in Uganda

This brief highlights findings from observational and experimental studies on pig diets in East Africa. It will help researchers design trials to develop diets for local pigs. It provides information for extension workers on local feeds that are high in energy, fat and protein. Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / East Africa / Ethiopia / Event / Feeds / Fodder / Innovation Systems

Fodder seed field day in Ethiopia is an encouraging sign of sustained innovation

During the lifetime of the Fodder Adoption Project ILRI established local innovation platforms at various field sites around Ethiopia. The idea behind these was to provide a forum for key livestock feed stakeholders to get together and jointly plan actions to improve the livestock feed situation for smallholder farmers. One such innovation platform was established … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / Crop-Livestock / CRP12 / CRP37 / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / Fodder / Project

Tools for livestock feed assessment – lessons from ELF and QuickFeed projects

Earlier this year, ILRI joined national and international partners in two ‘feed assessment’ projects in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian Livestock Feeds project (funded by ACIAR) and the ‘QuickFeed‘ early win project of the Africa RISING program both set out to  test a suite of rapid diagnosis tools to identify promising feed and fodder interventions. At the … Continue reading