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July 23, 2020Knowledge Portal
Meat, milk & more: Policy innovations to shepherd inclusive and sustainable livestock systems in Africa

This report highlights options for sustainably promoting growth in the livestock sector, drawing from what four African countries have done successuflly in terms of institutional and policy innovation as well as programmatic interventions. By adapting the lessons, African governments can meet their national and international commitments to agricultural growth and transformation. »

June 4, 2020Knowledge Portal
Dairy livestock interventions for food security in Uganda: What are the implications for women’s empowerment?

This study examines how development interventions that target women affect household well‐being, especially food insecurity, empower women, and transform gendered power relations. »

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. »

February 10, 2020Knowledge Portal
Rebounding from the brink of extinction: Commercial production of milk amongst pastoralists for climate change resilience in Uganda

This technical report describes how commercial milk production has several direct and indirect benefits that insulate pastoralists from climate and other risks, and generally improve their standard of living in Uganda. The most fundamental benefit is an increase in cash incomes experienced by the vast majority of milk producers. »

November 15, 2019Knowledge Portal
Adaptation opportunities for smallholder dairy farmers facing resource scarcity: Integrated livestock, water and land management

This study quantifies the water and land footprints of current livestock production systems in three agro-ecological zones in Kenya that contrast strongly in terms of land availability and rainfall. Across the three agroecological zones, improving breeds, feed provisioning and milk production per cow may achieve production intensification but concurrently exacerbates resource limitation. Consequently, the heterogeneity inherent in resource availability across dairy production zones should be considered when developing strategies for increasing dairy production. »

October 17, 2019Knowledge Portal
Possibilities of establishing a smallholder pig identification and traceability system in Kenya

This paper begins a discussion on traceability in the pig value chain, with an initial focus on smallholder systems of Western Kenya. In the smallholder context, individual identification is proposed given that farmers may source pigs from different farms and will only keep a few at a time. Appropriate incentives would need to be explored to allow for widespread adoption of the intervention. »