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Consultancy opportunity: editing and improving draft reports from application of the Feed Assessment tool (FEAST)

The Feed Assessment Tool (FEAST) is a participatory method to support systematic selection of livestock feed interventions at community level. FEAST has been applied in over a dozen countries and around 80 FEAST reports are currently in the public domain on the CGIAR digital repository CGSpace. However, many FEAST reports have been developed but need … Continue reading

New insights into the diversity of Napier grass: More productivity in fully irrigated systems
Article / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / FFD / Forages / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Research

New insights into the diversity of Napier grass: More productivity in fully irrigated systems

Originally posted on ILRI news:
? Napier grass growing in the ILRI field gene bank in Ziway, Ethiopia (photo credit: Shawn Landersz/Global Crop Diversity Trust). Napier grass commonly referred to as elephant grass, or Uganda grass and scientifically known as Cenchrus purpureus, is one of the most important fodder crops for the small-scale dairy farmers in…

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Short assignment: Mapping Feasibility of Livestock Feed Options in the Tropics

Livestock feed is a critical constraint to livestock productivity in Low and Middle Income Countries. Livestock feed development efforts have, however, tended to promote new feeding strategies in a piecemeal fashion without sufficient consideration of system level constraints such as availability of land, labour and market opportunities. These constraints have an important bearing on which … Continue reading

Irrigated forages improve livestock productivity and livelihoods in Ethiopia
Animal Feeding / East Africa / Ethiopia / FFD / Film and Video / Forages / ILRI / Intensification / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Project / Research

Irrigated forages improve livestock productivity and livelihoods in Ethiopia

This video describes the work of ILRI and the Amhara Region Agricultural Institute, which worked with farmers in Robit-Bata kebele (sub-district) in the Amhara region through the Innovation Lab for Small Scale Irrigation (ILSSI) project, to introduce the cultivation of irrigated Napier grass (ILRI 16786). Continue reading

FeedLink – to link fodder surplus-deficit regions
Animal Feeding / Asia / Feeds / FFD / Fodder / ICRISAT / ILRI / India / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Project / South Asia

FeedLink – to link fodder surplus-deficit regions

Feeding livestock year-round requires innovative approaches. This post reports on an innovation in India that helped to convert wasteland grass into enriched silage after value addition and densification. It is now being explored as a commercial opportunity. Continue reading

Animal nutrition approaches to profitable livestock farming and sustainable livelihoods
Animal Feeding / Article / Crop Residues / Environment / Feeds / FFD / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Presentation / Research

Animal nutrition approaches to profitable livestock farming and sustainable livelihoods

Feed resourcing and feeding is at the very interface where the positive and negative effects of livestock, income, livelihoods and environment are negotiated and animal feeding and nutrition deserves greater attention as a critical discipline in addressing the environmental impacts of animal-sourced foods production. Continue reading