Africa / East Africa / ILRI / Livestock / Markets / PIL / PIM / Research / Somalia

ILRI report reviews Somaliland livestock market information system

This ILRI research report appraises a Somaliland Livestock Marketing Information System (LMIS) was initiated in 2007 to address the constraint of high market information cost. The system provides information to livestock producers, traders, government officials and other development partners and is a decision-making tool for livestock sector stakeholders. Continue reading

Africa / Animal Production / BecA / East Africa / Ethiopia / Goats / ILRI / LiveGene / LIVESTOCKFISH / Report / Small Ruminants

Reviewing goat research and development activities in Ethiopia

This report reviews past and present goat research and development activities in Ethiopia, drawing key lessons, identifying key constraints and opportunities, and suggesting research and development interventions to improve goat production and productivity. Continue reading

Agriculture / Animal Feeding / Cattle / CCAFS / Climate Change / ILRI / Livestock / Pastoralism / SLS

Supporting agropastoralists to adapt to climate change in West and Southern Africa

The world’s climate is changing rapidly and Africa will be severely affected by this, not only because of the effects on ecosystems but also because of the low adaptive capacity of communities due to poverty and lack of infrastructure, services, and appropriate policies to support adaptation strategies. A large share of Africa’s poor are dependent … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Production / ASSP / BecA / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / Livestock / LIVESTOCKFISH / Research / Sheep / Small Ruminants

Review of sheep research and development projects in Ethiopia

This working paper reviews and documents sheep research projects/activities in Ethiopia and provides an overview of major research outputs, dissemination of research results, impacts on the sheep industry, and the gaps in research. Thoughts on the future directions of sheep research are also presented. Sheep research and development in Ethiopia dates back to the early … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Animal Breeding / Animal Diseases / Animal Production / ASSP / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / LIVESTOCKFISH / Poultry / Report

Characterizing and improving village chicken production in Ethiopia

This ILRI project report describes the characteristics of village chicken production and marketing, analyses its contributions to farmers’ livelihoods, and presents options for improving the traditional village breeding practices in Horro and Ada’a woredas in the central and western highlands of Ethiopia. For the survey, a participatory rural appraisal (PRA) technique was used which includes … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Breeding / ASSP / Cattle / Gambia / ILRI / Indigenous Breeds / Livestock / LIVESTOCKFISH / Report / West Africa

Improving the N’Dama cattle breeding program of The Gambia

This document by Karen Marshall and Leo Dempfle was released by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in December 2013. The document is designed to assist countries involved in the project ‘Sustainable Management of Globally Significant Endemic Ruminant Livestock in West Africa’ (PROGEBE)’ to develop plans for N’Dama cattle within their breed improvement programs, following the 3-tier … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Animal Breeding / Animal Production / ASSP / Cattle / ILRI / Indigenous Breeds / Livestock / LIVESTOCKFISH / Report / West Africa

Guidelines to plan animal breeding programs in West Africa

This ILRI project report by Karen Marshall is designed to assist partners of the project ‘Sustainable management of globally significant endemic ruminant livestock in West Africa (PROGEBE)’ in structuring the plans behind their national-level animal breeding programs. It, however, will also be useful to others documenting breeding plans for developing country livestock production systems, outside of this specific project. Continue reading