AHH / Animal Health / Disease Control / East Africa / Event / Extension / Kenya / Livestock / Livestock Systems / LIVESTOCKCRP / Participation / Pastoralism / Research

Leveraging cross-sector partnerships to deliver animal health services in extensive livestock systems

ILRI and TechnoServe jointly convened a stakeholders’ workshop to deliberate on how best to achieve sustainable livestock services in extensive production systems in Africa. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Crop-Livestock / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / Extension / Feeds / Forages / ILRI / Legumes / LIVESTOCKCRP / Research / SLS / Southern Africa / Zimbabwe

Guide to haymaking using tropical grasses and legumes

A new extension brief by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) explains the principles of haymaking using tropical grasses and legumes. Produced by ILRI researchers and partners in Zimbabwe, the brief gives practical steps on how smallholder farmers can make hay from grasses and legumes such as cowpeas, velvet bean (Mucuna pruriens) lablab (Lablab purpureus) including … Continue reading

PRIME(ing) resilience among Ethiopia’s pastoral communities
Animal Health / Article / Disease Control / East Africa / Ethiopia / Extension / Livestock / Markets / Pastoralism / Pro-Poor Livestock / Project / Resilience

PRIME(ing) resilience among Ethiopia’s pastoral communities

PRIME helps farmers with livestock become more resilient to shocks. It also supports better management of existing water resources through more efficient rain harvesting techniques, better early warning systems and information sharing, and improved governance of communal lands and water spots. By improving linkages in the livestock value chain, PRIME also helps ensure profitable outlets for livestock sales when there is not enough feed available to support existing herd sizes. Continue reading

ASSP / Capacity Strengthening / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Environment / Ethiopia / Extension / Farming Systems / ILRI / ILRIComms / Innovation Systems / Livestock-Water / Nile Basin / NRM / Research / Water / WLE

Eight principles for land and water management in the Nile Basin

The Nile Basin Development Challenge (NBDC) in Ethiopia distilled insights, findings and experiences into eight key messages which, taken together, contribute to new water and land management paradigm that enables poor smallholder farmers improve their food security, livelihoods and incomes while conserving the natural resource base. Continue reading

ASSP / East Africa / Environment / Ethiopia / Extension / Food Security / Gender / ILRI / ILRIComms / Innovation Systems / Livelihoods / Livestock-Water / Nile Basin / NRM / Participation / Research / Water / WLE

Power, partnership and participation: Nile Basin Development Challenge in summary

The CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) just published a summary of land and water research, lessons and outcomes generated by the Nile Basin Development Challenge in Ethiopia. Continue reading

Extension

Extension and advisory services delivery models – examples needed

Farmers throughout the world benefit greatly from having access to extension and advisory services (EAS). The EAS landscape in most countries is diverse and typically described as “pluralistic”: not only are there many different types of providers (public sector, private for profit, NGOs and CSOs, farmer-based organizations , …) but also different models and approaches … Continue reading

Agriculture / Animal Production / Capacity Strengthening / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Ethiopia / Event / Extension / HUMIDTROPICS / Innovation Systems / Intensification / IPMS / Livestock / LIVESTOCKFISH / Markets / Research / Value Chains

Commodities, innovation and action research in Ethiopia: Livestock live talk at ILRI on 27 March 2013

The Improving Productivity and Market Success (IPMS) of Ethiopian Farmers project is coming to an end. IPMS aimed to transform agricultural productivity and rural development in Ethiopia through market-oriented agricultural development. Project staff worked with the Ethiopian Government to try new and innovative approaches and technologies. The team worked to achieve this objective through four main … Continue reading