Exploring ways of uplifting pig farmers’ livelihoods in northwest Vietnam
Agriculture / Animal Breeding / Animal Feeding / Crop-Livestock / ILRI / Livelihoods / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Pigs / Southeast Asia / Value Chains / Vietnam

Exploring ways of uplifting pig farmers’ livelihoods in northwest Vietnam

On 30 May 2017, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Vietnam National University of Agriculture (VNUA) co-hosted a stakeholder workshop in Hanoi, Vietnam. At the workshop, participants discussed research findings from a scoping study on improving pig value chains in the region and the objectives of a new research project which will assess how smallholder farmers in northwest Vietnam can add value to pig production by using maize grains as feed. Continue reading

Developing capacity and South–South cooperation on livestock research: Beijing joint lab hosts three visiting scientists
Animal Breeding / Capacity Strengthening / China / East and Southeast Asia / Goats / ILRI / Indigenous Breeds / Livestock / Poultry / Research / Southeast Asia

Developing capacity and South–South cooperation on livestock research: Beijing joint lab hosts three visiting scientists

Three scientists from South Asia are taking part in a six-week research visit at the Joint Laboratory on Livestock and Forage Genetic Resources (JLLFGR) in Beijing, China. This lab is jointly run by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and has been operating since 2004. Continue reading

Animal Breeding / ILRI / India / Livelihoods / Nagaland / Pigs / policy / South Asia

ILRI research to shape pig breeding policy in Nagaland, India

Last month (15 December 2015), ILRI researchers and agriculture sector partners in Nagaland discussed the process of ‘framing a pig breeding policy’ in the state at a workshop that reviewed current evidence from ongoing pig farming research. The meeting also generated recommendations for a pig breeding policy in the state, which among other goals, aims to develop pig breeds/cross-breeds that are adaptable, productive and appropriate for the smallholder pig farmers in Nagaland. Continue reading

Animal Breeding / Animal Diseases / Asia / China / East and Southeast Asia / ILRI / Partnerships / Research

New joint animal disease laboratory by ILRI and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences launched in China

On 8-9 June 2015, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) renewed commitment to strengthen their partnership by launching the Joint Laboratory for Ruminant Disease Control (JLRDC) based in Lanzhou, a city southwest of Beijing. Continue reading

Animal Breeding / Article / ILRI / Indigenous Breeds / Livestock / Pigs / Regions / Southeast Asia

ILRI stresses need for sustainable use of animal genetics at high-level Southeast Asia agriculture symposium

The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) recently held the 2nd international conference on Agricultural and Rural Development in Southeast Asia (ARD2014) on 12-13 November 2014 in Manila, Philippines. This high-level conference addressed the theme, ‘Strengthening resilience, equity, and integration in ASEAN food and agriculture systems’. Key issues discussed at the meeting were productivity improvement, inclusive value chains, sustainability and poverty reduction, food security and food safety, institutions and governance and regional cooperation and integration. More than 450 representatives from international development agencies, research centres, academic institutions, governments and civil society attended the meeting. Continue reading

Animal Breeding / Animal Health / Asia / Extension / ILRI / India / Intensification / LIVESTOCK-FISH / South Asia

Improving access to breeding and animal health services in remote hilly areas of Uttarakhand, India

Livestock are important to the livelihoods and food and nutritional security of small scale farmers in remote hilly areas of northeast India. As demand for milk and milk products rises, poor livestock keeping households can improve their incomes by shifting from subsistence to market-oriented production. Continue reading