Farmers coping with on-going drought in southern Africa need better weather advice and insurance
Agriculture / Animal Feeding / Article / ASSP / Cattle / Chickens / Crop residues / Dairying / Drought / Food Security / Goats / ILRI / Insurance / Poultry / Resilience / Sheep / Small Ruminants / South Africa / Southern Africa / Zimbabwe

Farmers coping with on-going drought in southern Africa need better weather advice and insurance

A new regional push, focused on promoting four key actions to adapt agriculture and curb growing hunger, could help, Ajayi said. The best ways to assist southern Africa’s farmers, agricultural experts said, are by increasing their access to insurance for crop failure and livestock deaths, and giving them better weather advice via mobile phone. Continue reading

Goat business is big business in India’s Odisha State—Bishnupada Sethi
Animal Production / Article / ASSP / Goats / ILRI / India / Livestock Systems / LIVESTOCKFISH / Pro-Poor Livestock / Small Ruminants / South Asia

Goat business is big business in India’s Odisha State—Bishnupada Sethi

Inaugurating a day-long seminar on Public-Private-Producer-Partnership for small ruminant development in Odisha, Sethi said consultations with experts, policy analysts and the cross-section of stakeholders including farmers are on to finalise the Odisha Small Animal Development Policy. Continue reading

Injection of new genetics funding to boost the health and productivity of Africa’s farm animals
Africa / Animal Breeding / Biodiversity / Biotechnology / Cattle / Chickens / Climate Change / Genetics / Goats / ILRI / Indigenous Breeds / LiveGene / LIVESTOCKFISH / Pro-Poor Livestock / Project / Research / Sheep / Small Ruminants / Southern Africa / UK

Injection of new genetics funding to boost the health and productivity of Africa’s farm animals

Scientists will use funds from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to look at how genetic information can improve the health and productivity of farmed animals in tropical climates. The institutions in Scotland and Africa where the researchers are based are also making additional contributions, taking the total funding pot to £20 million over the next five years. Continue reading

Animal Production / East Africa / ILRI / LiveGene / Markets / PIL / PIM / Research / RMG / Small Ruminants / Somalia

Knowledge of livestock grading and market participation among small ruminant producers in northern Somalia

This article reports on market participation and producers’ knowledge of the indigenous livestock grading and pricing system applied to small ruminant marketing in Somaliland. Results confirmed the importance of small ruminants as sources of income in producer households. Knowledge about the grading system was generally widespread, and this was important for market participation. Factors that … Continue reading

Animal Diseases / Animal Health / Disease Control / Event / Kenya / PIL / PPR / Small Ruminants

ILRI, FAO and Kenya veterinary service providers discuss control of peste de petits ruminants

Peste des petits ruminants (PPR), also known as goat plague, is a highly contagious viral disease of sheep and goats. The disease causes heavy losses especially in goats and has been described as one of the most damaging livestock diseases in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. On 7 October 2015, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and FAO held a joint workshop with veterinary service providers in Kenya on the socio-economic study of PPR. Continue reading

Agriculture / East Africa / Livelihoods / Livestock / Markets / PIL / PIM / Report / Small Ruminants / Somalia / Trade / Value Chains

ILRI research brief says marketing information tool has improved livestock trading in Somaliland

A new ILRI research brief shows that a livestock marketing information system (LMIS) has improved access to animal marketing information and helped increase trading in livestock in Somaliland. Continue reading

Agriculture / East Africa / Livelihoods / Livestock / Markets / PIL / PIM / Report / Small Ruminants / Somalia / Value Chains

ILRI research brief reviews market participation of livestock producers in Somaliland

A recently published ILRI research brief shares findings from an assessment of animal grading and market participation among sheep and goats producers that show women are an integral part of livestock ownership and enterprise in Somaliland. Continue reading

Agriculture / Animal Production / Capacity Strengthening / Drylands / East Africa / ILRI / Livestock / Markets / PIL / PIM / Project / Research / Small Ruminants / Somalia

Reducing the vulnerability of Somali livestock communities through capacity development and enhanced market access

An ILRI project in Somalia aims to strengthen local capacity to mobilize and use knowledge from Somali livestock research in decision making. It also aims to enhance the capacities of public and private sectors to improve livestock products’ marketing and safety. Continue reading

Africa / Animal Production / BecA / East Africa / Ethiopia / Goats / ILRI / LiveGene / LIVESTOCKFISH / Report / Small Ruminants

Reviewing goat research and development activities in Ethiopia

This report reviews past and present goat research and development activities in Ethiopia, drawing key lessons, identifying key constraints and opportunities, and suggesting research and development interventions to improve goat production and productivity. Continue reading