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

Africa / ILRI / Livestock / PIL / Pro-Poor Livestock / Report / South Asia / Value Chains

Smallholders and the livestock revolution

Research shows the developing world undergoing a ‘livestock revolution’ characterized by accelerating demand for livestock products due to increasing populations and incomes. This livestock revolution is creating new opportunities for rural producers to participate in income-generating livestock enterprises. Two regions that experts regard as the most critical for reaching the poorest are sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
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Africa / ILRI / Livestock / PIL / PIM / Policy / Report

Investing in Africa’s livestock sector

Africa’s consumption of animal protein is skyrocketing. Most rural households are poor and keep livestock. Africa’s growth in demand for animal protein can provide major business opportunities and also greatly reduce poverty. Research shows that policies and investments should target both livelihood-oriented and business-oriented livestock keepers. Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Animal Breeding / Animal Diseases / Animal Production / ASSP / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / LIVESTOCKFISH / Poultry / Report

Characterizing and improving village chicken production in Ethiopia

This ILRI project report describes the characteristics of village chicken production and marketing, analyses its contributions to farmers’ livelihoods, and presents options for improving the traditional village breeding practices in Horro and Ada’a woredas in the central and western highlands of Ethiopia. For the survey, a participatory rural appraisal (PRA) technique was used which includes … Continue reading

ASSP / Environment / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Innovation Systems / NRM / Report / Research / SLS

Innovation platforms and natural resources management

Innovation platforms are widely used in agricultural research to connect different stakeholders to achieve common goals. This eleventh brief explains how innovation platforms can support work on natural resources management issues that typically require joint action across scale and over time.

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ASSP / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Innovation Systems / Report / Research

Linking development actions at different levels through innovation platforms

Innovation platforms are widely used in agricultural research to connect different stakeholders to achieve common goals. This ninth brief discusses ways to facilitate learning and problem solving across innovation platforms at different levels (vertical linkages) and between initiatives located at the same level (horizontal linkages). Continue reading