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...
So what factors influence whether farmers will adopt new sustainable intensification practices? And what is their impact ? A recent study by Africa RISING in northern Ghana found that farmers are primarily influenced by seven factors in adopting agricultural technologies.