crop-livestock

This page brings together ILRI and partner resources on crop-livestock. Click different tabs to see news items, research outputs, journal articles, video materials and presentations as well as ILRI projects and people related to crop-livestock. See ILRI research on other subjects

The strongly held but wrong perception among farmers in Babati District that use of mineral fertilizers destroys the soil is a major cause of the low crop yield in the district. Continue reading

Africa RISING, Oct/2014

Some years ago, a local Innovation Platform (IP) was established In Fogera in Ethiopia to bring different stakeholders together for knowledge sharing, joint planning and implementation of development intervention. The stakeholders chose to work on free grazing as a key NRM challenge and fodder development as a promising intervention to tackle the problem of land degradation and animal feed shortage in the area. This article describes some of the challenges and successes encountered in supporting this process.

NBDC, Aug/2014

An assessment of post-harvest handling practices and food losses in a maize-based farming system in semi-arid areas of Central and Northern Tanzania was carried out in 2012. Continue reading

Africa RISING, Oct/2014

Communities in Tanzania and the region could unknowingly be exposing themselves to potential health problems as a result of consuming foods that are contaminated with high levels of mycotoxins – poisonous chemicals that are produced by certain types of fungi and which are harmful to both humans and livestock. Continue reading

Africa RISING, Oct/2014

Farmers lack of information on fodder, feeds and feeding; inadequate availability of feeds in terms of quantity and quality especially during the dry season; and poor storage, processing and utilization of crop residues in livestock management are the major causes of the low milk production in Babati according to a feed situation analysis carried out by Africa RISING in 2013 in Babati district, Manyara region. Continue reading

Africa RISING, Oct/2014

The Africa RISING program, now in its third year, has made significant progress in getting the different researchers from different backgrounds and institutions to work together in a truly integrated way to develop science-based solutions to the challenges faced by smallholder farmers. This in turn has seen impressive increases in the productivity of smallholder farmers involved in the research project across its five districts in East and Southern Africa. Continue reading

Africa RISING, Oct/2014

A two week value chain report validation workshop is underway at the ILRI campu in Addis Ababa. The workshop is jointly organized by CIAT and the Africa RISING project in Ethiopia. It aims to validate and finalize the value chain studies that were conducted earlier this year. Continue reading

Africa RISING, Oct/2014

Nearly half of the farmers in the Africa RISING action sites in Tanzania integrate vegetables into their maize-based farming systems as a strategy to increase and diversify their income and diet according to a household socioeconomic characterization survey conducted by Africa RISING. Continue reading

Africa RISING, Oct/2014

In this presentation, given at the Tropentag 2014 conference, Ann Waters-Bayer, a former ILRI researcher, looks back on her experiences of working with ILCA/ILRI, the impact of livestock innovation systems research and its role in driving development processes that improve the livelihoods of rural and urban resource-poor families. Continue reading

ILRI news blog, Sep/2014

A slide presentation ILRI director general Jimmy Smith presented last July on why we should care about the world's 'so-called 'mixed' crop-and-livestock agricultural systems. Continue reading

ILRI news blog, Sep/2014

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Nils Teufel
Agricultural Economist
Randall Ritzema
Scientist - Systems Analysis

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People working on crop-livestock

Nils Teufel
Agricultural Economist
Randall Ritzema
Scientist - Systems Analysis