Dairy: A tool to fight poverty—An interview with IFCN’s Torsten Hemme
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Dairy: A tool to fight poverty—An interview with IFCN’s Torsten Hemme

Having scanned the scientific literature (100 journal articles) on the impact of milk production on reducing poverty, Torsten Hemme, managing director of the IFCN (International Farm Comparison Network) Dairy Research Center, in Kiel, Germany, says that dairy is improving lives in multiple ways. Continue reading

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

Why livestock belong on the table—whether we eat meat or not
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Why livestock belong on the table—whether we eat meat or not

Berhe Tekola, director of the Animal Production and Health Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), this weekpublished an opinion piece in the Bangkok Post (25 Jun 2018), reminds readers that livestock are integral to the fabric of life in many developing countries. Continue reading

Livestock fact check – what’s behind the data behind facts on livestock development?
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Livestock fact check – what’s behind the data behind facts on livestock development?

Facts and data on livestock and sustainable development are often hard to pin down. A set of fact sheets from the Supporting Evidence Based Interventions project at the University of Edinburgh aims to inform discussion and decisions by providing robust, up-to-date and appropriately interpreted facts about some of the big questions. Continue reading

Research and awareness raising increase demand for cassava peel-based chicken feeds in Nigeria
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Research and awareness raising increase demand for cassava peel-based chicken feeds in Nigeria

Hundreds of Nigerian chicken farmers in the southwestern state of Oyo have expressed interest in using cassava mash in poultry feeds. In two meetings of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) in late March 2018, many farmers said they feel they may have found a viable low-cost high-quality alternative in the cassava mash. Continue reading

Irrigation boosts food security for Africa’s smallholder households
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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