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Study shows how Tanzania dairy farmers stand to benefit from improved commercial feeds

A new study has revealed the extent to which dairy farmers in Tanzania are under-served by the feeds manufacturing sector, which despite having adequate capacity, is operating at only 50% of installed capacity. On average, dairy feeds account for just 4% of what is produced by feed manufacturers in Tanzania, with poultry feeds production dominating … Continue reading

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Experts to discuss livestock and livelihoods for Africa

Nearly 500 delegates from over 20 countries will converge in Nairobi this morning October 27, to discuss Africa’s Animal Agriculture: Macro-trends and future opportunities. Meeting under the auspices of the 6th  All African Conference on Animal Agriculture, the delegates, comprising mainly of scientific researchers in different aspects of the agricultural field will debate, hold plenary … Continue reading

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Land pressure drives hunt for resilient livestock genes in East Africa, world congress told

Scientists from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) are among experts discussing livestock genetics at the 10th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production in Vancouver, BC, Canada, August 17-22, 2014. Fidalis Denis Mujibi, discusses the Use of high density SNP genotypes to determine the breed composition of cross bred dairy cattle in smallholder … Continue reading

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Mending our food systems: Upstream and downstream research must work together

Future food security will be achieved by exploiting the power of ‘new biosciences’. The new biosciences include genomics (the study of the structure, function, evolution and mapping of all the heritable traits of an organism), immunology and vaccinology (the science or methodology of vaccine bio-informatics. But without marrying the power of these new biosciences tools … Continue reading

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Lessons from research: Delivering results from FoodAfrica

Experts from different scientific fields and international research organizations shared their expertise on food and nutrition security on Monday 16 June, 2014 at the FoodAfrica midterm seminar. The seminar, organized by FoodAfrica co-ordinators MTT Agrifood Research Finland, was held at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Karen Marshall and Stanly Tebug were part of the team … Continue reading

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Farmer Yohannes smiling all the way to the bank – chicken and eggs sustain Ethiopian farmers

Farmer Yohannes holds his sixteen (16) eggs, five hundred Ethiopian Birr and his brand new savings account book for his first ever bank account with only two entries – the starting balance and one subsequent saving deposit. He is celebrating a successful chicken farming enterprise; a partnership with his wife who helped feed the chickens at the right time and with his daughter who kept the records. Besides all that, he is also a converted believer to proper animal husbandry. This may be the reason Tadelle Dessie, a scientist in animal genetics and breeding; and the project leader, based at ILRI’s Addis Ababa campus, says that ‘chicken farming is the first ladder in the pathways out of poverty’ when we discuss the project with him. Continue reading

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Ear tags stir fresh interest in goats in Ethiopian village

Tilahun Seyoum is by all standards a grown up responsible husband, father and community leader. He also belongs to the school of thought that believes, to learning there is no end. Thus, after many years of keeping goats, cattle and sheep, he has in the last few months, learnt one new thing. He has learnt that the yellow tag now hanging from the ear of his goat means that the goat will sell for a higher price compared to that of his friend in the neighbouring village. That yellow tag means the parents of the animals are known and performances of its future offspring can be predicted hence the higher value compared to untagged animals. Continue reading