Shortages in quality animal feed hinder availability of nutritious animal-source foods
Africa / Burkina Faso / Ethiopia / Feeds / FFD / Forages / ILRI / Livelihoods / LIVESTOCKCRP / Scaling

Shortages in quality animal feed hinder availability of nutritious animal-source foods

Driven by population growth, urbanization and rising incomes, demand for livestock products in Africa and Asia may increase by 200% by 2030. Increased availability of milk, meat and eggs offers huge opportunities to meet this demand, improve diets and decrease malnourishment, especially among millions of infants, school-age children and pregnant and lactating women. New livestock-related businesses could also enhance the incomes of poor people and enable them to purchase better food for their families. But the supply of livestock products in many developing countries is constrained by low animal productivity, largely due to shortages of quality animal feed. Continue reading

Northern Kenya-southern Ethiopia dryland livestock traders gathered in Marsabit for better livestock trade and market links
Article / AVCD / Camels / Cattle / Drylands / East Africa / Ethiopia / Event report / ILRI / Kenya / Knowledge and Information / LIVESTOCKCRP / Markets / Pastoralism / PIL / Pro-Poor Livestock / Rangelands / Small Ruminants / Trade

Northern Kenya-southern Ethiopia dryland livestock traders gathered in Marsabit for better livestock trade and market links

Enthusiastic traders from several counties in northern Kenya and from across the border in Ethiopia joined a livestock trade facilitation forum in Marsabit, Kenya on May 9. By close of business, participating livestock buyers and sellers signed contracts for a total of 5,373 livestock at a value of $406,774. Continue reading

Ethiopian native chickens are bred with Belgian ‘cosmopolitan chicken’ for greater prosperity in rural Ethiopian poverty
ACGG / Animal Breeding / Breeds / Chickens / East Africa / Ethiopia / Event report / Food Security / Genetics / ILRI / LiveGene / LIVESTOCKCRP

Ethiopian native chickens are bred with Belgian ‘cosmopolitan chicken’ for greater prosperity in rural Ethiopian poverty

ILRI and Flemish conceptual artist Koen Vanmechelen joined forces last year to strengthen research into more resistant and productive poultry for Africa south of the Sahara. Today, the research center and associated poultry farm “Incubated Worlds” opens in the presence of Gebregziabher Gebreyohannes, state minister, ministry of agriculture and livestock. Vanmechelen wants to help improve the lives of local communities through this crossing project. Continue reading

Researchers join artist in quest to create the perfect chicken for Ethiopia’s farmers
ACGG / Animal Breeding / Breeds / Chickens / East Africa / Ethiopia / Event report / Food Security / Genetics / ILRI / LiveGene / LIVESTOCKCRP

Researchers join artist in quest to create the perfect chicken for Ethiopia’s farmers

Researchers in Ethiopia are embarking on a quest to create the perfect chicken for African farmers with an unlikely ally—a Belgian conceptual artist who has spent 20 years crossbreeding indigenous chickens, from China and Egypt to Senegal and Cuba. Continue reading

Irrigation boosts food security for Africa’s smallholder households
Africa / Article / Crop-Livestock / Ethiopia / FFD / Fodder / Food Security / Ghana / Irrigation / Livelihoods / Research / Tanzania / Water

Irrigation boosts food security for Africa’s smallholder households

Findings from a review of a five-year irrigation project in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Tanzania show that all the men and women farmers who had adopted irrigation practices ‘were financially better off, more food secure and had more diverse diets’. Continue reading

The Ethiopian Society of Animal Production celebrates its silver jubilee with several awards to ILRI and partners
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The Ethiopian Society of Animal Production celebrates its silver jubilee with several awards to ILRI and partners

The Ethiopian Society of Animal Production (ESAP) celebrated its silver jubilee last month. The event was marked on 24-25 August 2017 at Haramaya University where ESAP held its 25th Annual Conference on the subject ‘Livestock – a driver for economic development’. Continue reading

New research initiative to boost the health and productivity of farmed animals in Africa
Africa / Animal Diseases / Dairying / Data / Ethiopia / Niger / Tanzania

New research initiative to boost the health and productivity of farmed animals in Africa

The Supporting Evidence Based Interventions initiative (SEBI) has received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The scheme aims to boost the livelihoods of livestock farmers by delivering evidence-based technologies that offer sustainable solutions to the challenges they face. Continue reading

Index-based livestock insurance offers protection against lack of rainfall in Ethiopia’s southern Borena zone
Drought / Drylands / East Africa / Ethiopia / Food Security / ILRI / Insurance / LIVESTOCKCRP / News clipping / Pastoralism / Pro-Poor Livestock / Rangelands / Resilience / SLS / Vulnerability

Index-based livestock insurance offers protection against lack of rainfall in Ethiopia’s southern Borena zone

Initially intended only as insurance against the death of livestock, the insurance scheme has evolved into a product to help pastoralists keep their animals alive, according to Masresha Taye, who coordinates the programme in Ethiopia for the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Continue reading