Impacts of innovation platforms on smallholder dairy production
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Impacts of innovation platforms on smallholder dairy production

The ‘innovation platforms approach’ is an effective way of establishing systematic interactions among stakeholders in the agricultural sector by stimulating technical, institutional and organizational innovations in agricultural value chains. Researchers from the University of Bonn, Germany, ILRI and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), tested the effectiveness of a dairy innovation platform that is trying to improve farmers’ access to cattle feeds in Tanzania. Continue reading

Africa’s Cinderella story: $700 billion could be picked up in farmers’ fields–The Economist
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Africa’s Cinderella story: $700 billion could be picked up in farmers’ fields–The Economist

It should be possible to grow much more in Africa. . . . Five decades ago it was one of the world’s great crop-exporters. Ghana grew most of the world’s cocoa, Nigeria was the biggest exporter of palm oil and peanuts, and Africa grew a quarter of all the coffee people slurped. Since then it has shifted from being a net exporter of food to an importer. Continue reading

Animal genetics project to review and improve Tanzania’s dairy herd for higher milk yields
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Animal genetics project to review and improve Tanzania’s dairy herd for higher milk yields

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is working with partners to understand the breed composition of dairy and indigenous cattle in Tanzania and to find the appropriate dairy cattle genotypes that will help farmers identify and keep dairy breeds that are appropriately matched to farms. Continue reading

Agriculture / Animal Production / Article / Dairying / East Africa / Intensification / Livelihoods / Livestock / Pro-Poor Livestock / Tanzania

Starbucks Foundation’s USD 750,000 grant to help Tanzania farmers complement coffee farming with dairy

Heifer International, which is working with ILRI and other partners in the Maziwa Zaidi project in Tanzania, has received a USD 750,000 grant from the Starbucks Foundation to fund the Mbozi Farmer Livelihood Improvement project, which will provide 5,000 smallholder farmers in country with dairy heifers and bulls to complement coffee farming. Continue reading

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Tanzania dairy sector gets USD1.5 million boost through East Africa Dairy Development project grant

The East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) project, a regional dairy industry development program, has received USD1.5million grant from Elanco Animal Health to support on-going dairy development work in Tanzania and East Africa. Continue reading

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Scaling out livestock research: Struggles and successes are key says feed innovation project

Scaling out research results for wider application and use is a goal of every research for development project in today’s CGIAR. It is also one of the most difficult things to achieve. Scaling out was on the agenda of recent end-of-project workshops of the IFAD-financed MilkIT project. At a recent workshop team members and partners listed out some of the critical success factors such a project needs to be able to scale out its results. Continue reading