Southern Africa

ILRI opened an office in Maputo, Mozambique, in May of 2006. Sikhalazo Dube 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.
 
The first step of ILRI’s relatively new regional office and staff was to define appropriate areas of ILRI focus in the region for a subsequent research agenda driven by national and regional priorities and determined by stakeholders in pro-poor livestock development within southern Africa. To achieve this, ILRI has been holding ongoing consultations with its national and international partners to better understand the priorities of the region regarding livestock information gaps, challenges and opportunities.
 

With this information and in continued consultation, ILRI is identifying regionally important constraints in southern Africa’s livestock sector that it may begin to address with other organizations.
 
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The Maziwa Zaidi (MZ) program held a critical reflection workshop in November 2016 to analyse progress made against expected outcomes in its Theory of Change (ToC) over the last 12 months. Continue reading →
Livestock and Fish, Jan/2017
Insights from an economic evaluation of Africa RISING post-harvest technology (Purdue Improved Crop Storage bags) in Tanzania reveal how much farmers are benefitting by adopting the improved storage bags over the conventional storage options. Continue reading →
Africa RISING, Jan/2017
In 2014, Africa RISING partnered with the USAID-funded NAFAKA project in Tanzania to scale-out best-bet technologies among smallholder farmers. Currently in its third year, the project, which also incorporates several community-based actors, has achieved great success. This poster provides an inside look at what it takes to make these kind of partnerships tick and the key lessons learnt from this nascent project. Continue reading →
Africa RISING, Jan/2017
Livestock routes are essential to herders in eastern Africa, who use them to access water, feed and markets. But, political and economic marginalization is putting pressure on the natural resources pastoralists rely on, causing conflicts and loss of value. Mapping current land uses has improved stakeholders’ understanding of how to protect the mobility of livestock and people as is required for sustainable pastoral systems. Continue reading →
Livestock system and environment , Dec/2016
Agro-pastoralists in Zimbabwe face a host of challenges, including low-yielding fodder crops, degraded land and volatile markets. Furthermore, due to the prevalence of sector-specific technologies, they lack access to solutions that can improve their integrated production systems. But, with the right training and support, food insecurity can become a thing of the past. Continue reading →
Sustainable Livestock Digest, Dec/2016
A geospatial framework for delineating recommendation domains for crop varieties which are part of the Africa RISING technology packages. Continue reading →
Africa RISING, Dec/2016
How switching to improved agricultural technologies like hybrid maize varieties and application of bladed fertilizers catalyzed a young female farmer’s dramatic rise from an off-season casual laborer to a champion farmer in rural Tanzania. Continue reading →
Africa RISING, Dec/2016
Originally published in Forages for the Future Newsletter, issue 3, December 2016 Livestock in Tanzania are largely underfed with farmers meeting only 65% of feed needs in a year, under best conditions. Farm areas with crops range from 0.3 to 0.7 ha, while the area committed to forages is <0.04 ha. Grazing areas are overgrazed … Continue reading →
Africa RISING, Dec/2016
To resist the droughts that decimate rural livelihoods, researchers and farmers in Tanzania are testing different forage grass and legume species to discover which management and grass combinations can boost the quantity and quality of forages in local conditions. Continue reading →
Livestock and Fish, Dec/2016
A new artificial insemination (AI) technology, that could revolutionize livestock breeding and dairy production in Tanzania was launched on 9 November 2016. Continue reading →
ILRI clippings, Dec/2016

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Amos Omore
ILRI-Tanzania Country Representative
Sikhalazo Dube
Regional Representative, Southern Africa
Sirak Bahta
Agricultural Economist

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People working on Southern Africa

Amos Omore
ILRI-Tanzania Country Representative
Sikhalazo Dube
Regional Representative, Southern Africa
Sirak Bahta
Agricultural Economist