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 could be on the brink of an agricultural revolution. Political commitment to the sector is thankfully gaining momentum as an effective route to bring African populations out of hunger and poverty. But there is also talk that the region’s potential croplands should feed the rest of the world as well, in addition to providing vast quantities of biofuels. However, a new scientific paper released this week suggests African countries should cast global requests aside and instead focus on staple crop production to feed the continent first.' Continue reading

ILRI news blog, Mar/2015

Technical leads of the Africa RISING project in West Africa, East and Southern Africa and Ethiopia took part in a cross learning exchange on sustainable intensification from 28 January to 4 February 2015. Continue reading

Africa RISING, Mar/2015

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) research in Nigeria has resulted in shorter drying times of cassava peels from 3 days to about six sunshine hours. Two new products (feed ingredients) have been developed and are being standardized. Continue reading

ILRI clippings, Feb/2015

Catherine Pfeifer explains the three-step process used by the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish to select project sites.
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Livestock and Fish, Feb/2015

The Africa RISING program in Mali is looking to recruit two MSc Candidates from West Africa to join the team and contribute to ongoing activities. The program is currently working on establishing two research hubs (in Bougouni and Koutiala) in an effort to integrate multiple activities to achieve the overall objectives of the research program. Natural … Continue reading

Africa RISING, Jan/2015

Fertilizer microdosing addresses the problems of low soil fertility, access to fertilizers and difficult climatic conditions. The technology has contributed to increased production, productivity and farm incomes. Continue reading

Africa RISING, Jan/2015

A new approach by Africa RISING is getting farmers to think beyond improved yields when assessing improved agronomic technologies and crop varieties. Continue reading

Africa RISING, Dec/2014

Fighting striga weed by holding evening video shows for farming communities in west Africa Continue reading

Africa RISING, Dec/2014

The West Africa component of the Africa RISING program recently underwent an IITA-commissioned external review of its activities in Mali and Ghana. Continue reading

Africa RISING, Oct/2014

The district of Kailahun, in eastern Sierra Leone, bordering Guinea, is home to this 88-bed largest Ebola treatment and isolation centre set up by Médecins Sans Frontières (photo on Flickr by ©EC/ECHO/Cyprien Fabre). This opinion piece is written by Eliza Smith ‘By now, it seems we’ve heard everything there is to hear about the mysterious … Continue reading

ILRI clippings, Oct/2014

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Iheanacho Okike
Country Program Manager, Nigeria
Tunde Adegoke Amole
Postdoctoral Scientist, Livestock Feeds WA
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Abdou Fall

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Iheanacho Okike
Country Program Manager, Nigeria
Tunde Adegoke Amole
Postdoctoral Scientist, Livestock Feeds WA