Southern Africa

ILRI opened an office in Maputo, Mozambique, in May of 2006. Zimbabwean animal scientist Siboniso Moyo serves as ILRI’s Regional Representative by facilitating ILRI’s involvement in the region by identifying opportunities and developing partnerships with the intention of coordinating activities to not only improve conditions, but educate as well. Read more...
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The ACGG project is concerned with the development of indigenous chickens and this post explains the position of the project on this matter, following a conversation that started with a BBC article mentioning the Bill & Melinda Gates' involvement in poultry production. Continue reading →
African Chicken Genetic Gains, Jun/2016
Smallholder farmers in Malawi must cope with small farm size, low soil fertility and production risks associated with rainfed agriculture. Integration of legumes into maize-based cropping systems is advocated as a means to increase production of diverse nutrient-dense grains and improve soil fertility. Continue reading →
Africa RISING, Jun/2016
A multi-locational study in Zimbabwe aimed to determine the effect of four tillage systems on maize, cowpea and soybean yields, and evaluate the economic performance of the conservation agriculture (CA) systems relative to conventional plowing. Continue reading →
Africa RISING, Jun/2016
Said Mbaga, co-principal investigator in the ACGG Tanzania country team, introduces himself and his work with the program. It is one of a series of portraits of key people in Africa Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG). Continue reading →
African Chicken Genetic Gains, Jun/2016
The Tanga Dairy Platform, created in 2008, is an informal forum of different stakeholders involved in the dairy industry of Tanzania’s Northeastern Tanga region. The platform’s objective is to exchange knowledge and develop joint actions to common problems. Continue reading →
Livestock and Fish, Jun/2016
Tremendous research progress has been made over the last ten years to better control the deadly African disease of cattle known as East Coast fever. This disease is caused by a single-celled organism, Theileria parva, which is carried by some tick species. Cattle become infected when a tick carrying the parasite takes a blood-meal from the animal over several days. Continue reading →
ILRI news blog, Jun/2016
“I produce vegetables because this is ready cash for me and my family,” says a beaming Hassan Saidi; one of the beneficiary farmers in the activities led by AVRDC under the Africa RISING-NAFAKA and TUBORESHE CHAKULA project for fast tracking delivery and scaling of agricultural technologies in Tanzania. Continue reading →
Africa RISING, May/2016
The Tanzania Dairy Board (TDB) and partners recently reviewed progress and results in communicating the activities of the Dairy Development Forum (DDF) across the country. Continue reading →
Livestock and Fish, May/2016
This newly published infographic which is largely based on Africa RISING program activities in central Malawi helps to visualize what sustainable intensification means in the context of the farming system in the region and how it differs from the typical farmer practice. It also illustrates how the doubled-up legume technology works to ensure a farmer gets “double” legume grain yields and “double” soil fertility benefits from biological nitrogen fixation. Continue reading →
Africa RISING, May/2016
Smallholder farming households in much of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are distinctly diverse within and across communities. This infographic seeks to visually explain the different 'best bet: best fit' pathways of intensification for contrasting farm categories (typologies). Continue reading →
Africa RISING, May/2016

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SIKHALAZO DUBE, PhD
Regional Representative, Southern Africa
Sirak Bahta
Agricultural Economist

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SIKHALAZO DUBE, PhD
Regional Representative, Southern Africa
Sirak Bahta
Agricultural Economist