Africa / Animal Feeding / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / Fodder / HUMIDTROPICS / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Project

Tools for livestock feed assessment – lessons from ELF and QuickFeed projects

Earlier this year, ILRI joined national and international partners in two ‘feed assessment’ projects in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian Livestock Feeds project (funded by ACIAR) and the ‘QuickFeed‘ early win project of the Africa RISING program both set out to  test a suite of rapid diagnosis tools to identify promising feed and fodder interventions. At the … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / Fodder / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Report

Fodder and feed in livestock value chains in Ethiopia – reports available

Three reports from the six-month ‘Fodder and feed in livestock value chains in Ethiopia – trends and prospects’ project were recently produced by ILRI. The project was led by ILRI and involved the Ethiopian Institute for Agricultural Research, the Amhara Regional Agricultural Research Institute and the International Center for Research in the Dry Areas. The … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / East Africa / Ethiopia / Event / Feeds / Fodder / Intensification / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH

Successful feed interventions are all about context: Ethiopian Livestock Feeds (ELF) project synthesis workshop reflection

On 28-29 May we wrapped up the Ethiopian Livestock Feeds Project with a synthesis workshop in Addis Ababa. This brought together the whole project team, the core of which  were colleagues from Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research and Amhara Regional Agricultural Research Institute. We have been working together on refining various tools including FEAST, Techfit and … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / Asia / East Africa / Event / Feeds / Fodder / Forages / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / South Asia / Southern Africa / Tanzania / Value chains

Project team gathers in Tanga to kick-start MilkIT project

On 24-25 April scientists from India and Tanzania gathered in Tanga, Tanzania for the inception meeting of the IFAD-funded MilkIT project. The project is implemented by ILRI and CIAT are a major partner. This was the first opportunity for the whole project team to get together, familiarize themselves with the project and begin to develop … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / Intensification / Livestock / Project

Understanding livelihood constraints to better target livestock feed interventions – the Africa RISING Quick Feed Project

Uptake of improved feeding strategies to support market-oriented livestock production does not happen readily in the Ethiopian Highlands. Livestock tend to be fed opportunistically with what is available and a large proportion of the diet is composed of low quality material such as crop residues. There are many valid reasons for this. See for example … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / Fodder / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Project / Small Ruminants / Value chains

Ethiopia Livestock Feed project trains partners, tests tools for further fieldwork

Following the Ethiopian Livestock Feed (ELF) project inception meeting on 21-22 February 2012, the ELF team arranged a training workshop and field trip to test two tools in livestock value chains, FEAST and Techfit, before beginning research in their selected sites across Ethiopia. 25 participants gathered on 12-16 March 2012 at ILRI in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to discuss … Continue reading

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 Gates Foundation-funded East Africa Dairy Development Project extending its activities into Ethiopia The CIDA-funded LIVES programme The multi-donor Agricultural Growth Programme … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / Asia / Dairying / East Africa / Feeds / India / Innovation Systems / Intensification / Livestock / Markets / South Asia / Tanzania / Value chains

Inception of a new project on livestock feed development for dairy value chains in India and Tanzania

Following completion of the IFAD-funded Fodder Adoption Project, IFAD recently agreed to fund a further project on feed enhancement for dairy value chains in India and Tanzania. The project will be implemented by ILRI with CIAT as a major partner. We are calling the project MilkIT (Milk in India and Tanzania) and the grant agreement … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / Fodder / Forages / Innovation Systems / Intensification / Knowledge & Information / Livestock / Markets

Planted forage as an entry point to catalyse stakeholder action on broader livestock value chain issues – experiences from Ethiopia

Feed scarcity in smallholder systems is a key constraint to improved livestock production in developing countries. However, development efforts which have taken a narrow technology-focused approach to dealing with feed scarcity have had limited success. In the Fodder Adoption Project, we experimented with the use of local stakeholder forums in our sites in Ethiopia to … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / Feeds / Fodder / Livestock

State of the World on Why Uptake of New Livestock Feeding Practices Is So Slow

The Worldwatch Institute recently published their annual State of the World: ‘Innovations That Nourish the Planet’. This year’s synthesis is the result of an 18-month exercise to catalogue innovations to enhance food security in Africa. I met Danielle Nierenberg, who spearheaded the work, during her year-long sojourn in Africa. She visited the Ethiopian campus of … Continue reading