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

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

FEAST – how it helped a feed innovation project with engagement, intervention design and impact assessment

FEAST was originally developed as a decision-support tool to help in identifying appropriate feed interventions in smallholder systems. During the MilkIT Project FEAST was used in both India and Tanzania but in different ways and with different benefits. We reflected on the use of FEAST during our final project meeting in Lushoto Tanzania and produced a rough poster outlining the various ways in which FEAST was used and what the benefits of use were. Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / Asia / ASSP / CRP37 / Dairying / Feeds / Fodder / Forages / ILRI / India / Innovation Systems / Markets / South Asia / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Enhancing dairy feed interventions in India and Tanzania – three messages from the MilkIT project

In December 2014, the MilkIT project (Enhancing dairy-based livelihoods in India and Tanzania through feed innovation and value chain development approaches) held final workshops in Lushoto and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. On 11 December, team members met in an ‘Outreach Meeting’ with various stakeholders and partners. The aim of the meeting was to continue synthesizing the key insights of the project through interactions with a wider community. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Asia / ASSP / CRP37 / Dairying / Feeds / Film and Video / Fodder / Forages / Gender / ILRI / India / Innovation Systems / South Asia

MilkIT: Enhancing dairy-based livelihoods in India through feed innovation

The MilkIT (enhancing dairy-based livelihoods in India and Tanzania through feed innovation) project comes to an end in December 2014. The project team in India recently produced a video documenting some of the project’s experiences, zooming in on innovation platforms, womens’ empowerment, and enhanced forage availability. Continue reading