Africa / Animal Feeding / Article / ASSP / Climate Change / Dairying / East Africa / ILRI / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Tanzania

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

Africa / Animal Breeding / ASSP / Biodiversity / Breeds / Capacity Strengthening / CapDev / Dairying / East Africa / Event / Indigenous Breeds / Kenya / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Tanzania

Tracking livestock tribes, families increases incomes and productivity

Did it ever cross your mind that cows, goats, sheep and all animals have tribes, families, clans and other family groups much like human beings do? Or that keeping track of those families is as important as it is for human beings? Understanding livestock families’ means understanding the parents of an animal, specific characteristics like the dominant colour of their skin, the likely weight it should have, the amount of milk or taste of meat it should produce when properly fed and its ability to cope with certain environments. It also involves understanding what feed and how much is best for that “tribe” (breed) of animal to produce the best milk or meat. Continue reading

Africa / Animal Breeding / Animal Feeding / Asia / ASSP / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Four scientists in the Animal Science team named to management roles

Four scientists in the Animal Science for Sustainable Productivity (ASSP) program have  joined  program director Iain Wright in heading the newly established ILRI country offices. The four are Amos Omore who will head the Tanzania country office, Danilo Pezo   (Uganda),  Saskia Hendrickx (Mozambique) and Mohamed Ibrahim (Pakistan). They  effectively become  ‘Country Representatives’ from January 1, … Continue reading

Animal Breeding / ASSP / Dairying / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / Kenya / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Tanzania

Mwai, Ojango in ground breaking livestock and health experts meeting

ILRI scientists Okeyo Mwai and Julie Ojango were recently among the first ever group of experts in livestock genetics to participate in the annual Grand Challenges for Health meeting. They made important contribution to the dairy and poultry discussions that will be used as a basis for a strategy that will help transform livestock productivity … Continue reading

Africa / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Pastoralism / Tanzania / Vulnerability

ILRI pastoral research team wins Sustainable Science Award

A project of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) called ‘Reto-o-Reto’has won an award five years after it ended. ‘Reto-o-Reto’, in the language of the pastoral Maasai people of East Africa means ‘I help you, you help me’. The project was bestowed the 2012 Sustainability Science Award for a paper titled ‘Evolution of models to … Continue reading

Africa / Article / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / Kenya / Tanzania

ASARECA to work closer with policy makers

The Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in East and Central Africa (ASARECA) leads several of its partners in a two day meeting to discuss how best to engage with policy making in its member countries. The two day consultative meeting which starts in Entebbe today brings together people of varying backgrounds ranging from policy makers … Continue reading

Africa / Article / Drought / Drylands / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / Kenya / Tanzania

ILRI to host Horn of Africa development initiative

On behalf of the CGIAR, ILRI will host a technical consortium to support a new initiativesseeking to develop long-term resilience to drought in the arid and semi-arid zones of the Horn of Africa. This initiative has been recently launched by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and its member states. The technical consortium brings together … Continue reading