A tribute to Jean Ndikumana, a ‘gentle giant’ in African livestock research for development
Africa / Animal Feeding / Burundi / Capacity Strengthening / CGIAR / Directorate / Feeds / Fodder / Forages / ILRI / Kenya / Legumes / Policy / Pro-Poor Livestock / Research / Spotlight / Staff / Uganda

A tribute to Jean Ndikumana, a ‘gentle giant’ in African livestock research for development

The board, directors and staff of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) mourn the passing of a former colleague and lifelong friend—Jean Ndikumana, a plant and forage breeder by discipline who was born and raised in the Republic of Burundi and who became an exceptional leader in pan-African agricultural research for development. Dr Ndikumana died on 5 December 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya. Continue reading

ILRI develops a feed constraint decision-making tool, G-FEAST
Agriculture / Animal Products / Crop Residues / Crop-Livestock / Crops / Feeds / FFD / Fodder / Forages / Livestock Systems

ILRI develops a feed constraint decision-making tool, G-FEAST

Seven years ago, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) developed a decision-making tool known as the Feed Assessment Tool (FEAST) which was funded through the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) under the Fodder Adoption Project. Continue reading

Buffelgrass: a drought-tolerant bunchgrass
Agriculture / Biodiversity / Crops / Ethiopia / Feeds / Forages / LIVESTOCKCRP / Seeds

Buffelgrass: a drought-tolerant bunchgrass

  Buffelgrass (Cenchrus ciliaris L.) is a bunchgrass that grows in clumps, it can transform deserts into grasslands. It is one of the most popular forage species and is extensively grown across arid and semi-arid parts of the world as it uses less water to produce more feed allowing sustainable agricultural production. Originating in Africa, … Continue reading

How closing livestock yield gaps can enhance incomes, food security and the environment in Ethiopia and India
Animal Feeding / Animal Health / Animal Production / Dairying / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / ILRI / India / Markets / Policy / Pro-Poor Livestock / Report / South Asia / Spotlight / Vaccines

How closing livestock yield gaps can enhance incomes, food security and the environment in Ethiopia and India

Estimates of livestock yield gaps are not available and these are necessary for developing feasible scenarios of how the production of different livestock commodities might evolve in the future, how systems might change and what would be the resource use implications and their costs, both for donors and for public and private entities in target countries. Continue reading

Cereal straws and stovers for sustainable livestock futures: When crop biomass becomes livestock gold
Animal Feeding / Crop Residues / Feeds / FFD / Fodder / ILRI / LIVESTOCKFISH / Pro-Poor Livestock / Science paper / Spotlight

Cereal straws and stovers for sustainable livestock futures: When crop biomass becomes livestock gold

Michael Blümmel, deputy program leader for the Feed and Forage Development program at ILRI, is lead author on a new paper that explores the big benefits of treating cereal straws and stovers—the ‘residues’ of cereal crops after their grain has been harvested—to release their sugars, thereby turning these crop residues into nourishing feed for ruminant farm animals—cows, water buffaloes, goats and sheep. Continue reading

Gates Foundation grants Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems USD8.7 million to improve human nutrition in Burkina Faso and Ethiopia
Agri-Health / Animal Diseases / Animal Feeding / Burkina Faso / Cattle / Chickens / East Africa / Ethiopia / Feeds / FFD / Goats / ILRI / Nutrition / Pro-Poor Livestock / Project / Sheep / Small Ruminants / Spotlight / USA / West Africa

Gates Foundation grants Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems USD8.7 million to improve human nutrition in Burkina Faso and Ethiopia

The University of Florida has been awarded USD8.7 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fund livestock research over the next five years to tackle high rates of food insecurity and undernutrition in two of Africa’s landlocked nations—Burkina Faso, in the west, and Ethiopia, in the east. Continue reading