ILRI, through the USAID funded AVCD project – Livestock Component has implemented interventions to improve sheep and goat productivity in Kenya, through better herd breeding and management. The project has developed a series of manuals on ‘Best Practices for Selective Breeding for Improved Livestock Productivity.’
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.
Originally posted on Sustainable livestock systems:
Goats at a water point near Wajir, northern Kenya (photo credit: ILRI/Riccardo Gangale). Goats play an important role in supporting the livelihoods of livestock keepers in Kenya, particularly among pastoralists in the country’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs). Sale of meat and milk from the small ruminants also contributes substantially to Kenya’s economy. The…