Africa / Animal Feeding / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / Fodder / Small Ruminants / Value chains

Australia funds scoping study on feed in livestock value chains in Ethiopia

There is a lot happening in the area of feeds for livestock value chains in Ethiopia at the moment. A number of new livestock research for development initiatives are on the horizon including:

  • The CIDA-funded LIVES programme
  • The multi-donor Agricultural Growth Programme for Ethiopia

These are all large initiatives and livestock feeding, a chronic problem for smallholder livestock production in Ethiopia, will be important in all cases. Partly to support the development of these initiatives, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research recently commissioned a small scoping study on feed issues in livestock value chains in Ethiopia. ILRI with national research and development partners (Ethiopian Institute for Agricultural Research; Amhara Regional Agricultural Research Institute) will be implementing this work in the coming few months.

The purpose of the project is to develop a preliminary understanding of how feed components of intensifying livestock production systems in Ethiopia are changing as systems intensify and how this is reflected in the feed-related elements of focal value chains.

Project objectives are:

  • Develop value chain maps for feed-related elements of prominent dairy, beef and sheep value chains in Ethiopia and to gather indicative data on flows, volumes, prices of feeds and fodder associated with those value chains.
  • Assess demand for and the price – quality relationships for feeds and fodder at different stages along the intensification continuum within study sites. Also to determine if / how feed quality messages are passing along the focal chains and if they are, what are the perceived and actual characteristics of better quality feeds that command premium prices?
  • If there are feed quality price premiums, what are the impacts of the higher quality feeds on smallholder farmers in terms of livestock productivity and profits?
  • Use the above information to allow future trends to be predicted and to support interventions to enhance smallholder-based feed supply and trade leading to more value, more employment and reduced margins and costs.
  • Test and refine emerging tools for feed resource and demand assessment, value chain analysis, rapid market appraisal and feed technology prioritization for subsequent application in wider CGIAR Research Programme (and other) contexts.

A first step is to meet with partners and other stakeholders to plan activities and we plan to do this on Feb 21-22 on ILRI campus in Addis Ababa. Please get in touch if interested.

Contact Alan Duncan – a.duncan AT

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More information on the project

This project is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR); it is part of the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish.

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