Agro-pastoralists in Zimbabwe face a host of challenges, including low-yielding fodder crops, degraded land and volatile markets. Furthermore, due to the prevalence of sector-specific technologies, they lack access to solutions that can improve their integrated production systems. But, with the right training and support, food insecurity can become a thing of the past.
Smallholder livestock farmers in Zimbabwe are beginning to flip every notion about the country’s industry on its head.
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
Establishing linkages between private and public partners is key to benefit smallholders, according to a poster by scientist from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)-led project N2Africa. The project—targeting four regions in Ethiopia, Amhara, Oromia, Benishangul-Gumuz and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples— seeks build sustainable, long-term partnerships to enable smallholder farmers to benefit from symbiotic N2-fixation by grain legumes through effective production technologies including inoculants and fertilizers.
Stakeholder capacity development ranges from organizational (physical) to enhancing human competencies on improved legume technologies, agribusiness, gender mainstreaming, legume value addition and nutrition. N2Africa project of the International Livestock Research Institute outlines the four pillars of its approach to capacity development in legume value chains.
The AIP-ILRI project has been introducing targeted intervention as a holistic approach is urgently needed to improve/uplift Pakistan’s agriculture-(livestock) led economy.
In Pakistan, most farmers have mixed goat breeds without clear breeding objectives; thus the expected genetic improvements are rather arbitrary. The AIP-Livestock project provided two pure Beetal (Makhi-Cheeni) bucks to the local community at Chak 93DB to improve productivity and income from goat production. Five farmers’ goat flocks were involved in this breeding exercise. The …