Sokoine University of Agriculture

Enhancing livestock productivity through feed and feeding interventions in India and Tanzania

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dc.contributor.author Lukuyu, B.
dc.contributor.author Ravichandran, T.
dc.contributor.author Maass, B.
dc.contributor.author Laswai, G.
dc.contributor.author Bwire, J.
dc.contributor.author Duncan, A.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-31T08:18:56Z
dc.date.available 2017-08-31T08:18:56Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.issn 92–9146–441–4
dc.identifier.uri http://www.suaire.sua.ac.tz/handle/123456789/1769
dc.description.abstract Feed interventions often do not work due to the ‘top-down’ approach and blanket promotion irrespective of the context. The MilkIT project’s innovation platforms demonstrated a new way of addressing feed issues. Rapid assessments and the platform discussions ensured producers were strongly engaged in designing and implementing interventions. Participatory action research and training helped to address the problems identified, while the action research centred on introducing improved forages, pasture improvement, reducing feed wastage, feeding adequate rations, and feed conservation. Producers tested different practices, while local researchers monitored the trials. The types of institutions and actors involved in an innovation platform will depend on the particular situation. Innovation platforms may identify issues that a standard research and development approach might not. The entry points will depend on the situation and on the needs of the platform members. It may be important to link interventions to ‘pull factors’ such as markets. As solutions emerge and are tested and accepted, their sustainability must be considered: the trials must be located in the right place, and local communities (and especially women) must have ownership of the process. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) en_US
dc.subject Enhancing livestock productivity en_US
dc.subject Feeding interventions en_US
dc.subject Feed innovation platforms en_US
dc.subject Cost-benefit analysis en_US
dc.title Enhancing livestock productivity through feed and feeding interventions in India and Tanzania en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.url http:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/. en_US


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