Improving livestock production and productivity: the potential of Napier grass
Animal Feeding / Countries / Crop Residues / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / FFD / 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 / Crop Residues / Crop-Livestock / FFD / ILRI / Intensification / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Research

Is livestock intensification in Africa always a good thing?

In Europe intensive livestock production is often seen as harmful for the environment and animal welfare – think of cattle fed on grains which would be better used for human consumption. And producing lots of waste in concentrated areas which is difficult to deal with. In Africa, the mantra tends to be that intensification of … Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Capacity strengthening / CapDev / Feeds / FFD / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Intensification / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH

Leveraging instructional design and learning theories to improve livestock feed productivity

At this week’s international conference on Integrated Systems Research for Sustainable Intensification in Smallholder Agriculture, Iddo Dror presented a poster on ways that ILRI is leveraging instructional design and learning theories to improve productivity in smallholder systems. The poster is about a learning package to support use of the FEAST tool. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Dairying / FFD / ILRI / India / Innovation Systems / Intensification / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH

Innovation Platforms as a tool for smallholder dairy development: Experiences from Uttarakhand in India

At last week’s Tropentag 2014 conference Thanammal Ravichandran, Nils Teufel and Alan Duncan gave a presentation on the use of innovation platforms in the ‘milkIT’ project in India. The study evaluates the process of IP functioning and conflict management through a qualitative “innovation storyline”. The IP meetings were regularly documented with details of issues discussed, actions planned and follow up activities. Continue reading