CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health releases 2016 annual report

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A4NH annual report 2016 cover

The CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) is pleased to announce the publication of its 2016 annual report, detailing the accomplishments and developments of the fifth and final year of the program’s first phase. The report highlights research and results from 2016, including

  • the successful expansion of aflasafe, a biocontrol product helping to fight aflatoxin contamination across Africa;
  • the Stories of Change in Nutrition case study series, which shares experiences to help countries understand how an enabling environment can combine with policies and programs to drive nutritional improvement;
  • the first Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Academy Week, held in Addis Ababa, which brought together more than 300 participants from around the world to present research and learn from one another;
  • a randomized trial of an integrated nutrition-sensitive agriculture program in Burkina Faso; and
  • an update on the ongoing impacts of biofortification, with more than 140 varieties of…

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Processing African cassava peels, potentially a billion dollar business

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Bags of high quality cassava peel mash feed, Ibadan, Nigeria Bags of high quality cassava peel mash feed, Ibadan, Nigeria (Photo credit: ILRI/Iheanacho Okike)

With livestock production expected to more than double in the next 40 years, transforming cassava peels into high quality feed holds huge potential for African economies struggling to meet rapidly rising demand for animal-source products, according to research proposal recently published by three CGIAR centres.

Africa’s estimated 50 million tonnes of cassava peel waste per year could generate at least 15 million tonnes of HQCP, substantially addressing shortfalls in the supply of animal feed and eventually creating a USD 2 billion a year industry.

The research has been proposed by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and International Potato Center (CIP), with the support of CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) on Root Tubers and Bananas (RTB), Humidtropics, and Livestock and Fish. Working closely with private sector partners, ILRI is leading…

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New factories in Nigeria transform cassava peels into livestock feed, creating jobs and incomes for women

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Cassava peel processing factory under construction in Benue State, Nigeria (photo credit: ILRI / Yinka Olasusi).

Nigeria is the world’s largest producer of cassava, with a yearly output of about 50 million tonnes and a production increase of about 3% yearly.

Presently, about 25 million tonnes of fresh cassava roots are used for garri (a popular West African food made out of cassava tubers), 6 million tonnes for local food products, 1.5 million tonnes for production of dried chips and 3.5 million tonnes are lost to wastage before or during peeling and processing the tuber. This annual amount of cassava production is projected to increase to up to 150 million tonnes by 2020.

Cassava processing generates cassava peels, stumps and undersized or damaged tubers, which together account for up to a third of processed whole-tuber weight. Cassava peels are perishable and are mostly disposed of by burning or allowing them to rot in heaps…

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Join our next GFAR Collective Action Webinar on Farmers’ Rights

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GFAR partners CGIAR, GODAN (Global Open Data Initiative for Agriculture and Nutrition) and Asociación Andes, through a GFAR Collective Action, are pleased to invite you to:

Our webinar:
“Farmers’ Rights: How Complementarity between Researchers and Farmers Impact the Conservation of Genetic Diversity, Food Security and Livelihoods of the Poor”

Date: 19 September 2017
Time: 15h00 Rome time
Duration: 2 hours max

Registration: open

This webinar aims to exchange best practices and information on:

  • how to achieve complementarity in practice between the formal research and smallholder farmers to achieve food security and improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers;
  • how to contribute to the protection of traditional knowledge and the implementation of the rights of farmers to participate in the benefits arising from the use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture;
  • how to save, use, exchange and sell farm-saved seeds and propagating material.

Agricultural research has faced a…

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2nd PENAPH Conference: 7 Pre and Post Conference Courses in January 2018 at Khon Kaen University, Thailand

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Second PENAPH Conference Course Catalog

We are pleased to announce 7 pre- and post-PENAPH Conference courses. The course offer a variety of perspectives on participatory and qualitative methods in animal Health, One Health, Eco-Health and surveillance. Course durations range from one-day introductions to a full 10-day course in participatory epidemiology as the first step to PENAPH certification as a PE Practitioner.

We are currently creating the registration site on Eventbrite which will handle Conference and course registration and payment. Course will be held at Khon Kaen University.

Detailed course posted on the Second Conference Page (https://penaph.net/second-penaph-conference-participatory-approaches-in-animal-health-public-health-one-health-and-ecohealth/). Fees include lunch, coffee breaks and local transport. Course fees do not include travel expenses, hotels or meals not specifically mentioned.

Courses:

  • Lawa Lake Trip: Integrated control of liver fluke using an EcoHealth/ One Health approach, 1 day field trip Jan 9 2018, KKU
  • Qualitative research applied to surveillance, 4 day course, Jan 15-18…

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Goat is playing a Pivotal role in Rural Economy! Small Scaled Farming is a Hope

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Lifetime performance of West African dwarf goats under different feeding systems

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West African dwarf goat in Ghana (photo credit: ILRI/Paul Karaimu).

new paper by scientists at in the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and Wageningen University and Research (WUR) compared the lifetime performance of West African Dwarf goats (WAD) kept under various feeding systems. They conclude that West African smallholders can best enhance their goat production systems by supplementing the diets of their grazing goats with farm-generated feeds.

Comparisons of the lifetime productivity of individual animals raised by farmers using alternative livestock interventions allowed the research team to assess, reliably and over the long term,  the investment opportunities for smallholder farmers.

A dynamic modelling approach was used to explore the effects of different feeding strategies on the lifetime productivity of West African Dwarf goats in southwestern Nigeria. These goats, which are markedly stunted, with typical heights of 30 to 50 cm (12 to 20 in), are more disease…

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