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

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Sheep researchers win top prize in international conference

A study by the sheep breeding and the policy teams at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) has won the Best Overall Paper in the International Agribusiness Marketing Conference, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (22-23 October, 2013). The paper “Assessing sheep traders’ preferences in Kenya: A best-worst experiment from Kajiado County” by Nadhem Mtimet, Derek … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Breeding / Article / ASSP / East Africa / Kenya / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH

Qualified livestock breeders needed in emerging economies

Efforts should be made to continuously develop and retain a critical mass of qualified breeders and geneticists to design and sustainably implement breeding programs in Africa. These professionals will greatly assist in the establishment of regional animal genetic resources recording and evaluation platforms to support uninterrupted national genetic improvement programs. This is a key recommendation … Continue reading

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Outsmarting climate change locally

Understanding the local context is key to improving pastoral production and outsmarting climate change, a new study has revealed. It further observes that many top-down approaches that aimed at introducing innovations from outside failed because they ignored the pastoral context locally. This is published in Identifying local innovations in pastoral areas in Marsabit County, Kenya … Continue reading

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Solution in sight for maize streak virus disease

Small holder farmers in high density areas of Kenya can now heave a sigh of relief. That is after a recent study confirmed that their “new maize planting strategy” – can after all alleviate feed shortages by ensuring a constant supply of fodder for livestock without compromising grain quality and quantity. Led by ILRI scientist, … Continue reading

Animal Feeding / ASSP / Crop Residues / Crop-Livestock / Forages / ILRI / Livestock / Livestock-Water

Smallholders could feed Africa more efficiently

What are the options for sustainable intensification through livestock feeding? How can we best deal with the competition for biomass between livestock feeding and soil fertility? These are some of the questions that future research on livestock keeping needs to address in order to feed and maintain the 600 million rural poor people worldwide who … Continue reading

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African livestock records necessary

Accurate record keeping of livestock details is necessary if Africa is to benefit from animal genetic improvement. For developing countries, investment in genetic improvement is worthwhile as results are accumulative and permanent, and have been shown to have one of the highest rate of returns over time. This was said by Dr Raphael Mrode, a … Continue reading