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 / ASSP / Biodiversity / Central Africa / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / Indigenous Breeds / Kenya / Launch / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / North Africa / West Africa

New project launched to compile information on African livestock breeds

Improving the breeds of farm animals is one important way of resolving food problems to ensure food security for the sustainable development of humanity. This was said by Chan-Woo Kim, the ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Kenya, on July 22 at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi. He was speaking during the … Continue reading

Africa / Article / Biodiversity / Drought / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / ILRI / Livestock / Livestock-Water / Vulnerability / Water / West Africa

Indigenous knowledge the missing link in water management

While numerous technical solutions have been developed and are available, adoption and adaptation of Agricultural Water Management (AWM) strategies remains limited in the Volta Basin. As such, future research and development projects should concentrate on understanding the factors limiting adoption and enhancing system productivity while ensuring healthy ecosystem services for long term sustainability. This is … Continue reading

Africa / Climate Change / Crop-Livestock / CRPs / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / Intensification / Kenya / Livestock / Vulnerability / West Africa

ILRI-PLE scientists embrace change, communication

Communicate, Change! That is the new mantra of the People, Livestock and Environment (PLE) team at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). During a one and a half days brainstorming retreat in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the thirty-strong  team from Eastern and West Africa and India, appreciated that more communication was necessary both within PLE and … Continue reading

CCAFS / Climate Change / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / Vulnerability / West Africa

Zida joins PLE as post doctorate scientist

Dr Didier ZIDA from Burkina Faso has joined ILRI’s People Livestock and Environment Theme for a 6 months Post-doc funded by a DAAD scholarship. The aim of the Post-doc is to develop a rule based model and proto-type system allowing simulating the effects of grazing, fuel-wood collection and fire management on the vegetation physiognomy of … Continue reading

Forages / ILRI / Livestock-Water / West Africa

Douxchamps joins PLE West Africa team

Sabine joined PLE  in April 2011 as a postdoctoral fellow with IWMI and ILRI in the context of the ILRI-led CPWF Volta basin project on integrated management of rainwater for crop-livestock agro-ecosystems. Sabine will be based at IWMI office in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.  Her task will be to identify solutions that enhance environmental and livelihood benefits … Continue reading