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Improved farm productivity through crop–livestock interventions in the DRC and Burundi

This week’s Joint International Conference of the Association of Institutions for Tropical Veterinary Medicine and the Society of Tropical Veterinary Medicine featured a poster on a new ILRI project on improved farm productivity through crop–livestock interventions in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / ASSP / Crop-Livestock / Forages / Goats / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Livestock / Nigeria / Small Ruminants / West Africa

Simulation of small ruminant system productivity in the humid tropics of southwestern Nigeria

Evaluation of lifetime productivity of an individual animal in response to target interventions for improving the
productivity of smallholder livestock systems in the humid tropics of West Africa is critical. It allows assessing longterm investment opportunities for farmers and options to minimize risk. To gain better understanding of the interventions for improvement of small ruminant production in southwest Nigeria, a dynamic modeling approach was used to explore the effect of feeding strategies on the lifetime productivity of the West African Dwarf (WAD) goats. Continue reading

Africa / Animal Breeding / Breeds / Dairying / East Africa / Ethiopia / Humid Tropics / Indigenous Breeds / Kenya / LiveGene / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Presentation / Staff

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

Africa / Animal Feeding / Article / ASSP / Crop Residues / DRYLANDS-CRP / East Africa / Ethiopia / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Livestock / Livestock-Water / NRM / Pastoralism / Water

Producing more milk, more meat with less water

When Sasakawa-Global 2000 and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) provided training and loans to a group of farmers in the Awash Valley, Ethiopia, little did they anticipate what such resources in the hands of hard working, poor, small scale farmers could yield. The farmers in the Awash River Basin were trapped in poverty, earning … Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Article / Biodiversity / CCAFS / Corporate Report / Crop-Livestock / Drylands / DRYLANDS-CRP / East Africa / Ethiopia / Event / Forages / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / NRM / Pastoralism

ILRI forages to the fore: ILRI talks ‘Napier’ (aka elephant grass) at KARI scientific exhibition in Nairobi

Story by Alexandra Jorge Last week (22–24 Oct 2012), I participated in an exhibition, which was organized alongside the 13th Biennial Scientific Conference of the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), in Nairobi. I represented the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in a booth ILRI created to explain to KARI’s visitors what research ILRI undertakes with … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / Biodiversity / Crop-Livestock / Dairying / Drylands / DRYLANDS-CRP / Forages / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Livestock / NRM / Southern Africa / Staff / Water

New frontiers for forage research in southern Africa

Research on forages just got a boost with the arrival of Godfrey Manyawu to the People Livestock and Environment theme (PLE) of  ILRI. He joins the theme as project coordinator for “Integrating crops and livestock for improved food security and livelihoods in rural Zimbabwe”.Manyawu, who is an expert in livestock production and forage sciences, will … Continue reading