Animal Feeding / Asia / ASSP / Bangladesh / Fodder / Forages / ILRI / India / Livelihoods / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Nepal / Project / Research / South Asia

Livestock and livelihoods: CSISA project boosts incomes and productivity in South Asia

In collaboration with other CSISA partners, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) has been helping crop-livestock farmers to boost income and milk production by increasing the availability of fodder, promoting efficient use of cereal residues and improving the quality of supplementary feeds in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. 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

Bangladesh / Dairying / ILRI / India / Nepal / Project / South Asia

CSISA take two: Partners aim to reach out to more farmers in coming years

Three weeks ago, the New Delhi office of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) hosted a meeting to review the progress of farmer-led dairy feeding trials conducted within a multi-centre ‘Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia’ (CSISA). Various CSISA partners from Bangladesh, India and Nepal gathered at the S&B East Inn, in New Delhi, 4–5 Jul 2012. … Continue reading

Asia / Crop-Livestock / ILRI / India / Interview / South Asia / Staff

The ‘ILRI crowd’ in Asia: Arindam Samaddar

Each week on this blog, we will meet with ILRI staff members, partners and projects in Asia to learn about their work, challenges and the opportunities they face to leverage livestock knowledge in Asia. This week, Arindam Samaddar from our New Delhi office provides us with an anthropologist’s perspective on the Indian livestock sector. Prior … Continue reading