Animal breeding and genetics in the Ethiopia livestock master plan
Animal Breeding / ASSP / Ethiopia / Genetics / ILRI / Livestock / Policy / Research / Spotlight

Animal breeding and genetics in the Ethiopia livestock master plan

High population growth and rising living standards are putting pressure on Ethiopia’s livestock owners to increase the productivity of their animals. Improving the genetic potential of the country’s livestock is one of the keys—with better feeds and better health—to achieving food and nutrition security, and better lives through livestock. This latest research brief by ILRI and the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), Animal breeding and genetics in the Ethiopia livestock master plan, outlines how quick-win genetic-based technologies—including artificial insemination (AI) with oestrous synchronization and community-based schemes to improve indigenous breeds as well—can significantly contribute to transformed value chains for cattle, small ruminants and poultry. Continue reading

Ethiopia livestock master plan: Livestock health priorities
Animal Diseases / ASSP / Disease Control / Ethiopia / ILRI / Livestock / Policy / Research / Spotlight

Ethiopia livestock master plan: Livestock health priorities

Improved animal health services could hugely increase livestock productivity and the earnings of livestock keepers. As part of the Ethiopia livestock master plan, an analysis of animal health by the Livestock State Ministry (LSM) and ILRI outline the steps needed to transform the livestock sector, published as the latest ILRI brief: Livestock health priorities in the Ethiopia livestock master plan. Continue reading

Creating an enabling environment for livestock development in Ethiopia
ASSP / Ethiopia / ILRI / Livestock / Policy / Research / Spotlight

Creating an enabling environment for livestock development in Ethiopia

Despite significant progress in increasing livestock production in Ethiopia, analysis of livestock production and consumption by the Livestock State Ministry (LSM) and ILRI show a huge shortfall in the supply of livestock products. Detailed interdisciplinary research provides clear empirical evidence of the potential benefits of a comprehensive livestock master plan (LMP) for Ethiopia. In the absence of investment, these gaps will grow, causing food insecurity and other important economic and social repercussions. Continue reading

Ethiopia livestock master plan: Feed priorities
Animal Feeding / ASSP / Ethiopia / Feeds / ILRI / Policy / Research

Ethiopia livestock master plan: Feed priorities

Investment in livestock agriculture in Ethiopia has the potential to halve poverty, improve the food security of rural people and make livestock an increasing contributor to GDP growth. The Ethiopia livestock master plan (LMP) sets out ambitious year 2020 targets for several livestock value chains—crossbred dairy cows, red meat-milk and feedlot, and poultry. The 2020 targets aim to increase meat, milk and egg production by 58%, 83% and 828% respectively above 2012/2013 totals. Continue reading

Ethiopia recognizes ILRI contribution to the country’s livestock sector growth and transformation
ASSP / Ethiopia / FFD / ILRI / Livestock / Policy / Research

Ethiopia recognizes ILRI contribution to the country’s livestock sector growth and transformation

Livestock production accounts for approximately one third of the global water footprint, and Ethiopia is no different. A scarce commodity in the country, water availability has been aggravated by climatic fluctuations and rapid economic growth. With the potential consequences for human health of a lack of quality drinking water, as well as for the country’s development, there is a strong case for enhancing the role of research for development in understanding better how limited water resources can be used. Continue reading

From food waste to animal feed, cassava peels potentially big business for Nigerian women
Agriculture / Animal Feeding / ASSP / Crop Residues / Feeds / Film and Video / Livestock / LIVESTOCKFISH / Nigeria / PIL / Research / RTB / West Africa / Women

From food waste to animal feed, cassava peels potentially big business for Nigerian women

Existing technologies of drying and grading cassava peels could hold the key to providing a readily available and sustainable source of animal feeds, increasing incomes for women and boosting food security in West Africa. Continue reading

A look at multi-stakeholder (aka innovation) platforms: From Africa RISING to MilkIT to imGoats to Humidtropics
ASSP / CapDev / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Innovation Systems / PIL / Research

A look at multi-stakeholder (aka innovation) platforms: From Africa RISING to MilkIT to imGoats to Humidtropics

Multi-stakeholder or innovation platforms are increasingly seen as a promising vehicle for agricultural innovation and development. In the field of agricultural research for development (AR4D), such platforms are an important element of a commitment to more structural and long-term engagement between stakeholders in the agricultural sector. Continue reading

CGIAR Innovation Platform Case Study Competition: And the winner is . . .
Agriculture / ASSP / Capacity Strengthening / CapDev / Communications / Congo-DR / Event Report / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / India / Innovation Systems / PIL / Rwanda / Spotlight / Uganda

CGIAR Innovation Platform Case Study Competition: And the winner is . . .

In Nov 2014, to better assess the efficiency of these innovation platforms and to document their successes and challenges in different developing countries, Humidtropics launched an Innovation Platforms Case Study Competition. In Feb 2015, twelve candidates were selected to participate in a writeshop focused on writing­ strong, reflective and cohesive case studies. Earlier this month (Jun 2015), jury members in an editors’ meeting reviewed all the final submissions and chose eight cases to be featured in a Humidtropics Anthology to be published by an academic publisher before the end of 2015; the jury also recommended that two cases be published separately. Continue reading