Strengthening Capacity for Participatory Management of Indigenous Livestock to Foster Agriculture Innovation in Eastern, Southern and Western Africa
Capacity Strengthening on Management of Indigenous Livestock
Date: 21st September to 1st October 2014
Venue: Egerton University, Kenya
Countries: Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria and Ghana
Indigenous livestock (IL) products and production resources are in a declining trend. Most of the livestock is kept under low input systems where the application of innovative livestock technologies (ILT) is limited by the lack of knowledge and enthusiasm by the general public, including rural communities, civil society organizations (CSOs) and policy makers. This predisposes IL to genetic erosion and suboptimal performance. Consequently, stakeholders along the IL value chain, such as farmers, remain food, nutritional and income insecure, and hence remain in poverty. In addition, the focus of current academic programmes on ILT is limited and the general opinion among producers that IL has low performance potential hampers its efficient utilization. The potential of IL needs to be appreciated since the livestock forms an important repository of genetic diversity, which could be improved using innovative technologies.
The project ‘Strengthening Capacity for Participatory Management of Indigenous Livestock to Foster Agricultural Innovation in Eastern, Southern and Western Africa (iLINOVA)’, is co-financed in the ACP-EU Co-operation Programme in Science and Technology II (S&T II); a programme of the ACP Group of States, with financial assistance of the European Union, and runs from 1st January 2014 to 31st December 2016. The project is implemented by the ACP Group of States Secretariat through a partnership consisting of Egerton University, Kenya (coordinator); Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), Malawi and; Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Nigeria.
The Project’s results include:
Strengthened capacity of scientific staff, students, enterprises, policy makers and CSOs to create, update and use knowledge on IL management
Developed knowledge on innovative IL management practices to promote further innovations
Promoted culture and importance of ILT among the general public and governments
Contributions to local and international policies on IL management, related scientific goals and formulated priorities
The Project has organized a summer school that will contribute to indigenous livestock management capacity strengthening of scientific staff and students from the partner institutions. This will deepen their knowledge on the following:
Research proposal writing with focus on upgrading the value chain of indigenous livestock
State of indigenous livestock genetic resources with emphasis on characterization, inventory and monitoring of trends
Application of GIS in livestock management
Hydroponic fodder production
The Summer School is restricted to nationals of the indicated countries and is by invitation.
Centre of Excellence for Livestock Innovation and Business (CoELIB),
Department of Animal Sciences,
P. O. Box 536,
Tel: +254 51 221 7684/5
Fax: +254 51 221 7682