Agriculture / Asia / CGIAR / China / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Innovation Systems / Intensification / Laos / PIL / Research / SLS / Southeast Asia / Vietnam

Implementing integrated systems research for sustainable smallholder agriculture in the Central Mekong

This book summarizes the achievements as well as some of the challenges faced while implementing integrated systems research to support the sustainable development of smallholder farming in the uplands of the Mekong region. It describes how CGIAR centers and national and local partners collaborated to test options to increase farm productivity in the Central Highlands … Continue reading

Producing green fodder from wheat helps animals and people in India’s Uttarakhand State
Animal Feeding / Asia / Crop Residues / Crop-Livestock / Extension / ILRI / India / Intensification / LIVESTOCK-FISH / South Asia

Producing green fodder from wheat helps animals and people in India’s Uttarakhand State

In the hilly areas of Uttarakhand, a typical farming household has one or two cows, one buffalo and a bullock, and cultivates cereals and vegetables on tiny terraced plots. Livestock make important contributions to livelihoods but providing sufficient feed for them continues to remain a challenge, especially during the winter months.

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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

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

Local livestock service providers help improve access to animal health services in Nagaland, India

Pigs are an important component of livelihoods and food and nutritional security in Nagaland, Northeast India. Intensifying pig pro­duction to increase income and other outcomes, however, requires an integrated approach that addresses needs for better pig housing, nutrition, health and genetics. To address the heal challenges, a new model for the delivery of animal health services has been developed and tested as part of a Tata-ILRI partnership pro­gram in Nagaland. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Asia / Extension / ILRI / India / Intensification / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Pigs / South Asia

Improving pig nutrition using local resources for market oriented production in Nagaland

In Nagaland, Northeast India, pigs are the preferred livestock species and most families rear one to three pigs either for household consumption or for selling or for both. Demand for pigs and pork is growing rapidly and currently outstrips local supply. Intensifying pig production systems and shifting from subsistence to more commer­cially-oriented production could significantly improve local livelihoods and increase cash income for farmers. The main constraint faced by farmers is proper feeding of their pigs. Continue reading