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Animal Feeding / DRYLANDS-CRP / Feeds / ILRI / Legumes / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-CRP / Research / SLS / Southern Africa / Zimbabwe

Guide to lablab bean use in smallholder systems in Africa

This extension brief, by International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) researchers and their partners in Zimbabwe, explains explains the best cultivation and management practices for lablab bean and its importance as a forage crop. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Feeds / FFD / Fodder / Forages / ILRI / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-CRP / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Research

The Feed Assessment Tool (FEAST) – new developments

The Feed Assessment Tool (FEAST) helps us to understand how local livestock are kept and fed. Standardized data visualizations give a good overview of where feed comes from, how it varies seasonally and what farmers view as the main problems and opportunities for feed improvement. In recent years, around 1000 people have downloaded the app. Here’s an update on a few recent developments with FEAST that may be of interest. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / CCAFS / East Africa / Feeds / Fodder / ILRI / Kenya / Mazingira / Research / SLS

Digestibility and metabolizable energy of selected tropical feedstuffs estimated by in vitro and prediction equations

This poster, produced for the Tropentag 2016 conference, highlights a study that compared digestible organic matter (dOM) and metabolizable energy (ME) estimates of tropical feeds derived from selected equations with those determined by the in vitro gas production method. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Dairying / Feeds / FFD / Fodder / Forages / ILRI / India / Innovation Systems / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Research / South Asia / Southern Africa / Tanzania / Value chains

Innovation platforms for dairy development in India and Tanzania

Multi-stakeholder innovation platforms were set up at different levels as part of the milkIT project, resulting in more milk sales, more interactions and better linkages among different value chain actors in India, and, in Tanzania, access to a larger variety of better feeds. This video explains how the milkIT project worked with innovation platforms Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Dairying / Feeds / FFD / Fodder / Forages / ILRI / India / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Markets / Research / South Asia / Southern Africa / Tanzania / Value chains

Smallholder dairying: better marketing or better feeding – which comes first?

The milkIT project hypothesis was that improvements in milk markets would lead to increased productivity by farmers. This video explains the approaches followed: linking farmers to markets (using market ‘pull’ to drive productivity increases) and farmers’ productivity increases which will attract the market to them. Continue reading