West Africa

Important research issues in West Africa are consistent with ILRI's global livestock development challenges especially the overarching issues of sustainable intensification of crop livestock systems and sustainability/vulnerability in pastoral areas, with other challenges – market opportunities, use and conservation of animal genetic resources, (re-)emerging diseases and animal health related to these.  Local as well as regional policy dimensions impact on a number of these aspects, targeting and innovation approaches play a critical supporting role in the region. Read more...
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Africa RISING Ghana is gearing up for an adoption monitoring study to establish how and to what extent farmers are using some of the technologies introduced through the project. Continue reading

Africa RISING, Sep/2015

Augustine Ayantune, senior animal scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) working in the Africa RISING West Africa project, introduces himself and his work with Africa RISING. Continue reading

Africa RISING, Sep/2015

Maize is an important cereal crop in Ghana, especially in the northern part where it is replacing sorghum and millet. High yielding, drought and Striga tolerant varieties have recently been released. Continue reading

Africa RISING, Aug/2015

Smallholder farmers in northern Ghana face a number of water-related challenges. Continue reading

Africa RISING, Aug/2015

Intensive or semi-intensive rearing of improved and unimproved stocks of chickens, guinea fowls, ducks, turkeys and pigeons in relatively small numbers for food (meat, eggs) and cash has potential to reduce poverty, malnutrition and food insecurity among rural and peri-urban farm families. Continue reading

Africa RISING, Aug/2015

Quelles sont les valeurs implicites des attributs du bétail commercialisé dans les zones humide et subhumide du Mali ? Cette étude révèle les facteurs déterminant le prix du bétail Continue reading

Sustainable Livestock Digest, Aug/2015

Scientists are developing a way of transforming the mountains of cassava peels created every day in Nigeria, where cassava is a staple food, into a nourishing feed for smallholder farm animals. The several CGIAR centres involved include the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the International Potato Center (CIP). Also involved in this project are several CGIAR research programs—Livestock and Fish; Integrated Systems for the Humidtropics; and Roots, Tubers and Bananas—as well as the Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21). Continue reading ...

ILRI news blog, Aug/2015

Evaluation of lifetime productivity of an individual animal in response to target interventions for improving the
productivity of smallholder livestock systems in the humid tropics of West Africa is critical. It allows assessing longterm investment opportunities for farmers and options to minimize risk. To gain better understanding of the interventions for improvement of small ruminant production in southwest Nigeria, a dynamic modeling approach was used to explore the effect of feeding strategies on the lifetime productivity of the West African Dwarf (WAD) goats. Continue reading

Sustainable Livestock Digest, Aug/2015

The book, Food Safety and Informal Markets: Animal Products in Sub-Saharan Africa, based on ILRI-led research, is now open access. Continue reading

Safe Food Fair Food, Jul/2015

Efforts to help farmers with adopt improved crop varieties and agricultural technologies have been launched in Mali. A series of agriculture input fairs were recently held in Bougouni District as part of a wider initiative to bring together input suppliers, distributors and farmers and provide a platform for them to strengthening partnerships. Continue reading

Africa RISING, Jul/2015

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Abdou Fall
Regional Representative, West Africa
Iheanacho Okike
Country Program Manager, Nigeria
Stanly Tebug
Livestock Production Specialist
Tunde Adegoke Amole
Postdoctoral Scientist, Livestock Feeds WA
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Abdou Fall
Regional Representative, West Africa
Iheanacho Okike
Country Program Manager, Nigeria
Stanly Tebug
Livestock Production Specialist
Tunde Adegoke Amole
Postdoctoral Scientist, Livestock Feeds WA