Dairying / ILRI / India / Innovation Systems / LIVESTOCK-FISH / PIL / South Asia

Multi-stakeholder consultation forum proposed to transform the Bihar dairy sector

Despite the crucial role played by dairy development plays in strengthening the economy and job creation in rural Bihar, milk productivity has hardly increased in decades. Recent increases in milk production have been driven by increases in the number of animals. A study at the International Livestock Research Institute, published in January 2016, sets out the challenges facing the sector and suggests a way forward, the establishment of a multi-stakeholder consultation forum/platform to share and discuss the nature of interventions each organization is undertaking in the dairy livestock sector. Continue reading

Dairying / ILRI / India / LIVESTOCK-FISH / South Asia / Value Chains

Taking stock and looking ahead: Livestock and Fish further develops dairy value chain work in India

The CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish recently reviewed its current projects and activities in India and set plans for 2016 and beyond.

At a review and planning meeting held 24-26 September 2015 at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in Varanasi City in Uttar Pradesh, progress of the Livestock and Fish dairy value chain work in India was assessed. Continue reading

Article / Assam / Dairying / ILRI / India / South Asia

ILRI’s training program leads to increased milk yield for dairy farmers in Guwahati, India

Indian newspaper The Telegraph reported on Monday, 20 July 2015, that a program by researchers from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) that trained smallholder dairy producers in Guwahati in Assam, India led to an increase in milk production through improved methods and practices of dairy farming. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Dairying / Feeds / ILRI / India / Interview / Livestock / South Asia

Improved livestock feeding helping Indian farmers increase incomes from milk and boost food security

A project supported by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in India is helping the country’s small-scale mixed crop and livestock farmers increase their incomes by boosting their milk production.

The Cereal Systems Initiative in South Asia (CSISA) project, which is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is addressing feed constraints in rice-, wheat-, and maize-based systems by improving the efficiency of rice and wheat straw feeding and increasing the use of inexpensive, locally available and nutritionally dense supplementary feeds such as maize grains. The project is also promoting underutilized cereal residues such as maize stover for livestock feeds. Continue reading