Animal Feeding / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Feeds / ILRI40 / Intensification / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Pigs / Uganda

The feeding component in rural and peri-urban smallholder pig systems in Uganda

In the last 30 years, Uganda has had a massive growth in pig population, and currently has the highest per capita consumption of pork in East Africa. The majority of Uganda’s pig farmers are smallholders (1.2 million households raise pigs) in low input/ low output systems.

This poster, prepared for the Tropentag 2014 conference, presents findings from a study by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) to characterize the pig feeding systems in Uganda in terms of the use of local feed resources and gender roles. The study found that regardless of the setting, whether rural or peri-urban, smallholder pig production in Uganda is mostly done in mixed crop-livestock farming systems where farmers use crop residues such as sweet potato vines, cassava leaves, yam leaves and Amaranth spp. as pig feed.

This week, ILRI staff are participating in the Tropentag 2014 International Conference in Prague (17-19 September 2014). There is also a dedicated ‘ILRI@40’ side event on ‘Livestock-based options for sustainable food and nutritional security and healthy lives.’  See all the posters and presentations.

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