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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

Thirty percent of ILRI genebank collections now safely duplicated at the global seed vault in Norway
East Africa / Ethiopia / FFD / ILRI / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP

Thirty percent of ILRI genebank collections now safely duplicated at the global seed vault in Norway

Originally posted on ILRI news:
Alieu Sartie, ILRI genebank manager (right) and technician Solomon Fikre checking forage seed samples before delivery to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault (photo credit:ILRI/Lei Sun). The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is home to the world’s only genebank dedicated wholly to forages. Located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the ILRI Forage Genebank…

Optimizing variations of food-feed traits of wheat cultivars to benefit mixed crop-livestock systems in Ethiopia
Animal Feeding / Article / Crop Residues / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Ethiopia / FFD / Fodder / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Research

Optimizing variations of food-feed traits of wheat cultivars to benefit mixed crop-livestock systems in Ethiopia

Scientists from ILRI, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center and the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research tested bread wheat cultivars released in the Ethiopian highlands to better understand the potential trade-offs between food and fodder traits. Continue reading