Animal Feeding / Fodder / Innovation Systems

Feed in smallholder systems mini-symposium

On 18 and 19 November 2010, the Fodder Adoption Project organised a mini-symposium on ‘feed in smallholder systems’ as part of week-long end-of-project review discussions.

The session was opened by Alan Duncan with a brief presentation on Sustainable livestock intensification in smallholder systems – where does feed fit and how can current constraints be overcome?. He explained  that the focus was on feed in a wider environment, notably five few factors:

  • biophysical niches for fodder and feeds – the growth factor
  • input delivery – the push factor
  • markets – the pull factor
  • other livelihood opportunities – the competition factor
  • institutional environment – the human factor

These five factors were used as a basis to organize the 10 subsequent short presentations and discussions (we asked speakers to prepare a few slides to be followed by deeper discussions in small groups).

The ten presentations on the first day were as follows (the discussions are reported separately):

What is available – an example of development of a national feed inventory – K.T. Sampath, India

Where do different feed options fit – Biophysical niches in Ethiopia – Diriba Geleti, Ethiopia

Supplementary/compounded feeding in Kenyan and Indian dairy systems – why so little? – Ben Lukuyu and Michael Blummel, ILRI

Farmer-participatory research and development for improving feed supply and use – Asamoah Larbi, ICARDA

Livestock feed as a component of smallholder systems: trade-offs in biomass use – Bruno Gerard, CGIAR

Feed as a component of value chains – Shirley Tarawali, ILRI

Linking fodder to livestock markets in Vietnam: The Ea-Kar experience – Werner Stür

Fodder innovation in smallholder systems: Experiences from the Fodder inniovation project – Ranjitha Puskur, ILRI

Using stakeholder platforms to enhance local innovation in the livestock sector – Kebebe Ergano, ILRI

Innovation processes and outcomes in different national contexts: Preliminary findings of the FAP meta-analysis – Seife Ayele, ILRI

On the second day, discussions focused around innovation systems principles and their application in livestock and feed research for development.

Read a synthesis of the first day’s discussions

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