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July 15, 2020Knowledge Portal
Fifty years of research on pastoralism and development

This archive reflects on 50 years of research on pastoralism at IDS. Much has changed, but there are also important continuities. The capacity to respond to today’s turbulent world, to make productive use of marginal environments, to make use of mobility to respond to heightened uncertainty, and to adapt and innovate are all features of pastoralism that can be important in meeting wider, global challenges. »

July 10, 2020Knowledge Portal
Five practical actions towards low-carbon livestock

This publication describes how five practical actions can be widely implemented in integrative and sustainable ways for measurable and rapid impacts on livestock emissions, taking account the diversity of livestock systems and enhancing synergies and managing tradeoffs with other sustainable development objectives. »

June 11, 2020Knowledge Portal
Improved feeding and forages at a crossroads: Farming systems approaches for sustainable livestock development in East Africa

This article argues that farming systems approaches are essential to understand the multiple roles and impacts of forages in smallholder livelihoods. The article shows that improved forages in East Africa are at a crossroads: if adopted by farmers at scale, they can be a cornerstone of pathways toward intensified sustainable livestock systems in East Africa »

May 6, 2020Knowledge Portal
Access to markets, weather risk, and livestock production decisions: Evidence from Ethiopa

This study examined whether and how livestock production responds to (access to) markets and varying weather risk and explores whether such responses vary across livelihood zones and livestock production systems. The heterogeneity in responses and impacts of weather risk among farming systems and livelihoods highlights the need for more tailored livestock sector policies and interventions. »

April 6, 2020Knowledge Portal
Future global pig production systems according to the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways

This study analyzed the development of the pig production sector at the scale of world regions, using the IMAGE-Pig model. The results show that due to the growing pork production total feed demand has increased by a factor of two. The sustainability of pig production systems for the coming decades will be based not only on the expected efficiency improvements at the level of animal breeds »

March 31, 2020Knowledge Portal
Indigenous knowledge of veterinary medicinal plant use in cattle treatment in southwestern Burkina Faso

The aim of this study is to inventory medicinal plants in cattle husbandry in Burkina Faso. The results showed that 26 medicinal plants for veterinary use. The findings will contribute to integrate the local knowledge of communities into appropriate proposals to preserve veterinary medicinal plants. »