AVCD / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / SLS

Spatial planning to spur rangeland-based development across northern Kenya’s ‘frontier counties’

Originally posted on Sustainable livestock systems:
By Irene Nganga and Lance Robinson Spatial planning is often perceived as being synonymous with ‘urban planning’. However, its scope is much wider, encompassing both rural and urban land use as well as environmental planning and strategizing future development. Local experts from northern Kenya map livestock routes for input…

Livestock traders gain at USAID- and ILRI-supported forum
AVCD / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Livelihoods / Livestock / Pastoralism / Value chains

Livestock traders gain at USAID- and ILRI-supported forum

Enthusiastic traders from several counties in northern Kenya and from across the border in Ethiopia joined a livestock trade facilitation forum in Marsabit, Kenya on 9 May 2018. By close of business, participating livestock buyers and sellers signed contracts for a total of 5,373 livestock at a value of USD 406,774. The United States Agency … Continue reading

Cash Crop: Women Farmers in Kenya Beat Drought with Native Grass
Animal feeding / Dairying / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / Value chains

Cash Crop: Women Farmers in Kenya Beat Drought with Native Grass

While farmers around Kenya struggle to grow enough maize to feed their families and their cattle, some women dairy farmers are boosting milk production and making money by growing and selling native grasses as cattle feed Maize Stover – the stalks, leaves and cobs left behind after a harvest – is popular cattle feed in … Continue reading

Rent a womb, the power to sharing animal resources to build the livelihoods of a community
Animal breeding / Animal Production / AVCD / Cattle / Dairying / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Livelihoods / Livestock / Value chains

Rent a womb, the power to sharing animal resources to build the livelihoods of a community

In April 2017, Selvin Odhiambo received a healthy crossbred calf from her neighbour’s cow after a successful pregnancy from Fixed Time Artificial Insemination (FTAI). A United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded subsidized breeding program is helping smallholder farmers in western Kenya improve their dairy production. Continue reading

Village-based dairy advisor Priscilla Ouma launches a ‘restore milk campaign’
Animal feeding / Animal Production / AVCD / Cattle / Dairying / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Livelihoods / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Value chains

Village-based dairy advisor Priscilla Ouma launches a ‘restore milk campaign’

Priscilla Ouma is an inspiration and proof that when you give women farmers a few tools, the entire community benefits. Through her hard work, the wind of change is blowing across the village and soon farmers in Muyeye B will be milk rich. Continue reading

Animal diseases / Animal Production / AVCD / Goats / ILRI / Kenya / Livelihoods / Livestock / Pastoralism / Small ruminants / Value chains

3 Tier Network managing livestock disease collectively, for better lives though livestock

Through the 3-tier model, a network of trained community diseases reporters accessible at the village level has been created. Trained to be the first responders to animal health issues, they serve as an immediate resource for herders and are in position to respond to reports in multiple villages. Continue reading

Animal Production / AVCD / Dairying / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / Value chains

More Milk from new grass variety, changing breakfast tables for Dairy Farmers across Homa Bay County

Between January and March, most of Western Kenya experiences a climatic dry period, when grass and other plants stop growing, forcing farmers to buy fodder from outside their area to feed their cows or face huge reductions in milk production. This year, the area has suffered from a pro-longed drought, with no rains since mid-November, … Continue reading

Where numbers matter: Better herd management for better productivity in Kenya’s pastoral communities
Animal Production / AVCD / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / Value chains

Where numbers matter: Better herd management for better productivity in Kenya’s pastoral communities

Originally posted on Sustainable livestock systems:
Moses Muyang’ai (centre) shows his farm records (photo credit: ILRI/James Audho). The north eastern region of Kenya is home to pastoralists whose livelihoods mostly depend on the sale and consumption of livestock and their products. But the pastoral production systems in the region are characterized by low growth rates and off-takes…