Africa / Animal Feeding / Asia / Dairying / Feeds / FFD / Fodder / Forages / ILRI / India / Innovation Systems / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Scaling / South Asia / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Enhancing livestock productivity through feed and feeding interventions in India and Tanzania

This report shares results and lessons on productivity-enhancing feed interventions developed through MilkIT, a project to promote milk production in India and Tanzania. Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / Asia / Dairying / Feeds / FFD / Fodder / Forages / ILRI / India / Innovation Systems / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Scaling / South Asia / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Innovation platforms to improve smallholder dairying in India and Tanzania

This report reflects on the potential role of innovation platforms as spaces to identify and spread useful
innovations associated with dairy production and feeding. It draws examples from MilkIT, a project to promote milk production in India and Tanzania. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Asia / Dairying / Feeds / FFD / Fodder / Forages / ILRI / India / Innovation Systems / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Scaling / South Asia

Fostering convergence and technology adoption: Scaling MilkIT dairy feed innovations in India

During the December 2014 MilkIT project, we caught up with B.K. Bhatt who works in the Integrated Livelihood Support Project (ILSP) financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). He reflects on some of the reasons why he worked with the project and what it has contributed to his work. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Asia / Dairying / Feeds / FFD / Fodder / Forages / ILRI / India / Innovation Systems / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Scaling / South Asia

Solution-oriented action research: Scaling MilkIT dairy feed innovations in India

During the December 2014 MilkIT project, we caught up with Ahmed Iqbal, chief development officer (CDO) for Almora district in the Uttarakhand state government. He reflects on some of the reasons why he worked with the project and what it has contributed to his work. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / Fodder / Forages / Innovation Systems / Intensification / Livestock / Markets / Middle East / Scaling / Southeast Asia / Syria / Vietnam

Innovation, scaling out and market development: Fodder adoption project synthesis report

Under the title ‘Enhancing Livelihoods of Poor Livestock Keepers through Increased Use of Fodder’, the goal of this IFAD-funded Programme was to improve the livelihoods of poor livestock keepers in Ethiopia, Syria and Vietnam in a sustainable manner through increased access to and adoption of fodder interventions. With activities in Ethiopia, Syria and Vietnam and … Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Asia / Feeds / Fodder / Innovation Systems / Intensification / Knowledge & Information / Livestock / Markets / Scaling / Southeast Asia / Vietnam

Building on local pockets of success: Some lessons on the process of up-scaling fodder and cattle development in Vietnam

Development projects can often point to local pockets of success: examples of where a project has had real impact on smallholder livelihoods through some successful interventions. However the real challenge comes in taking such success to scale – this involves somehow embedding the processes that led to success into the ways of working of local … Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Feeds / Fodder / Innovation Systems / Livestock / Scaling

Scaling out project outcomes requires a ‘special chemistry’

After a session of the the November 2010 Fodder Adoption Project (FAP) workshop in Laos, we recorded ‘notes’ of three world cafe hosts who collated cross-project lessons (from Ethiopia, Syria, and Vietnam) on three issues: Innovation approaches, feed assessment, and scaling out. In this video, Werner Stür, formerly with CIAT in Vietnam, reports back on … Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Feeds / Fodder / Livestock / Scaling

Innovation, feed assessment and scaling out – the keys to fodder development?

Today we had a session to try and distil some cross-cutting findings from FAP, thinking specifically about Innovation, Feed Assessment and Scaling out issues. Here I highlight one key point I took from each session Ranjitha Puskur led the session on innovation: we spoke about the challenges of embedding innovation approaches within national systems. Taking … Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Fodder / Innovation Systems / Livestock / Scaling

Fodder adoption project scales out innovation processes

Today, the country teams from the IFAD-supported ‘Fodder Adoption Project’ met in Luang Prabang Laos to review and assess what was achieved during the project. The workshop opened with an overview presentation by project coordinator Alan Duncan. He introduced the goal of the project: to improve the livelihoods of poor livestock keepers through increased access … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / Ethiopia / Fodder / Innovation Systems / Livestock / Scaling

Moving from “project mode” to sustained change in practice among local actors – some challenges

We hear a lot these days about “project-led approaches”. Projects come in and deliver various interventions but these tend to leave no lasting impression beyond the life of the project. Such approaches tend to focus on technical interventions. One response has been to think more about innovation systems: dealing with the range of players already … Continue reading