After decades of research into enhancing the supply and quality of animal feed in developing countries, many of the constraints have been identified. Yet the adoption rate by farmers of low-cost technologies that could significantly improve how livestock are fed, and as a result, the productivity of their animals, has remained very low. Improving feed quality, availability and safety are all essential to increasing livestock productivity and to ensuring adequate consumption of nutritious animal-source foods in developing countries. A comprehensive set of livestock feeding solutions is needed from researchers, governments and crucially from the private sector.
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.
A new look at the facts behind the ‘livestock facts’ we think we know—Twitter Moment
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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.
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’.