Animal Feeding / ASSP / CRP37 / Dairying / Feeds / Fodder / Forages / ILRI / India / Innovation Systems / Livestock / 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 / ASSP / CRP37 / Dairying / Feeds / Fodder / Forages / ILRI / India / Livestock / 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

Animal Feeding / ASSP / CRP37 / Dairying / Feeds / Fodder / Forages / ILRI / India / Livestock / Research / South Asia / Southern Africa / Tanzania / Value chains

Working out how to improve livestock feeding: The FEAST feed assessment tool

The Feed Assessment Tool (FEAST) was one of the key tools used in the milkIT project to assess local feed resource availability and use, guiding targeting and appropriate intervention strategies. This video explains how FEAST was used in the project: Continue reading

Improving livestock production and productivity: the potential of Napier grass
Animal Feeding / Countries / Crop Residues / East Africa / Ethiopia / FBS / Feeds / Fodder / Forages / Genebank / ILRI / Intensification / Research

Improving livestock production and productivity: the potential of Napier grass

For better livestock production and productivity, it is essential to assess the genetic diversity of the food which is fed to livestock. One of the main food sources for livestock in East Africa is Napier grass. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / ASSP / CRP11 / Drylands / Feeds / ILRI / Livestock / Sheep / Small Ruminants / West Africa

Least-cost rations for sheep fattening: A manual for livestock farmers and extension workers in the Sahel

This manual provides simple and tested practical guidelines for livestock farmers and extension workers on least cost ration based on locally available feed resources for sheep fattening. It contains details on feeding and management options that can be applied by small-scale producers. Other key issues addressed in the manual include housing, purchase of feed, general hygiene and the handling of animals. Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / ASSP / Crop Residues / Crop-Livestock / CRP34 / CRP37 / East Africa / Feeds / Pigs / Uganda

Feeding pigs roots, tubers and bananas in Uganda

A recent study of ‘Perceptions and practices of farmers on the utilization of sweetpotato, and other root tubers, and banana for pig feeding in smallholder crop-livestock systems in Uganda’ calls for further exploration of strategies to conserve such crop residues during the harvest period to reduce waste and improve incomes for smallholder pig farmers in Uganda. Continue reading

ILRI showcases cassava peel processing innovation at global technologies conference in Durban
Africa / Animal Feeding / ASSP / CRP12 / CRP34 / CRP37 / Feeds / ILRI / LGI / Livestock

ILRI showcases cassava peel processing innovation at global technologies conference in Durban

With 60% of the world’s arable land, Africa has the potential to not only feed itself, but to become a major food exporter. This enormous potential was demonstrated in an innovation by CGIAR scientists—processing cassava peels into animal feed—that was one of the many innovative technologies recognized at the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA), Africa edition, held in Durban, South Africa on 1-2 December 2015. Continue reading