Research and awareness raising increase demand for cassava peel-based chicken feeds in Nigeria
Animal Feeding / Article / Chickens / Crop residues / Environment / FFD / Livelihoods / LIVESTOCKCRP / Nigeria / Pro-Poor Livestock / Research / RTB / West Africa

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
Africa / Article / Crop-Livestock / Ethiopia / FFD / Fodder / Food Security / Ghana / Irrigation / Livelihoods / Research / Tanzania / Water

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

Is climate change a risk to global grazing lands?
Article / Climate Change / Drought / Drylands / Forages / Pastoralism / Pro-Poor Livestock / Rangelands / Research / Science paper

Is climate change a risk to global grazing lands?

Published by the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, Environment Reports is a collaboration between an international group of scientists, writers, and designers to combine incisive narratives about environmental challenges, backed up by cutting-edge data. Food Matters, the first report, focuses on the sustainability of our global food system. The article below—Is climate change a risk to global grazing lands?—is reproduced here by permission. Continue reading

Agriculture can rein in greenhouse gas emissions ‘immediately’, say UN and CGIAR
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Agriculture can rein in greenhouse gas emissions ‘immediately’, say UN and CGIAR

‘”In the next few years . . . agriculture . . . could produce early results immediately, cost-effectively and all over the world”, René Castro of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) told the COP23 climate talks in Bonn.’ Continue reading

Climate-smart Brachiaria grass helps Kenyan farmers withstand global warming effects
Article / BecA / Climate Change / Drylands / East Africa / Fodder / Forages / Kenya / Livestock / Research / Soils

Climate-smart Brachiaria grass helps Kenyan farmers withstand global warming effects

A recent study by the Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute Hub (BecA-ILRI Hub) and the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) shows that farmers in semi-arid region of Kenya could stall the adverse effects of climate change on their farms by planting drought-tolerant Brachiaria grass. Continue reading

Africa / Article / Ethiopia / Intensification / Markets / Nigeria / Policy / Pro-Poor Livestock / Tanzania

Where wealth and opportunity walk on four legs—AFKInsider

with a growing number of firms gobbling up arable land in Africa—not solely for crop production but also for livestock and cattle—investment shops are slowly redirecting capital to this agricultural subsector. Investing in this segment of African economies can be transformative, as a significant portion of African wealth and growth opportunity is walking on four legs on the African continent. Continue reading

‘Leakey pipeline’ for women scientists stands the test of time
Agriculture / Article / Food Security / Gender / Research / Women

‘Leakey pipeline’ for women scientists stands the test of time

The report by the publisher Elsevier found that despite their moderate advances, women still published fewer articles than men, and were much less likely to be listed as first or last authors on a paper. Citation rates, however, were roughly equal: although female authors were cited slightly less than male authors, work authored by women was downloaded at slightly higher rates. Continue reading

No exit strategy: More than 100 Somali’s, mostly young and old, have died of hunger and disease
Article / Drought / Drylands / East Africa / Food Security / Nigeria / Somalia / South Sudan / Vulnerability

No exit strategy: More than 100 Somali’s, mostly young and old, have died of hunger and disease

More than one hundred vulnerable people of the South—most of them old and young—have died from lack of food and water-borne diseases in a 48-hour period in the rural Bay administrative region of southwestern Somalia. This hot and semi-arid southern region is devastated by drought as well as by the operations of a militant Islamist group known as Al-Shabaab. Continue reading