A regional ‘Dairy Asia’ platform that aims to increase production and consumption of milk in Asia while supporting sustainability was formally launched on 27-30 January 2016 in Muak Lek, Saraburi in Thailand.
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.
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and partners in Southeast Asia have started a series of market research and value chain improvement efforts aimed at improving smallholder pig farming in the Philippines and Vietnam.
A new project funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and led by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) that will improve marketing and access to livestock fodder for Indonesia’s smallholder farmers has officially begun.
The Daily Times of Pakistan reported on a recently held workshop on livestock development that took place in Islamabad, Pakistan on 11-12 May 2015.
On 19 December 2014, a policy dialogue on ‘mainstreaming models for dairy-based livelihood improvement in Uttrakhand’ was organised by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and Himmotthan Society, the nodal agency of the Sir Ratan Tata Trust & the Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust.
A new book on the role of smallholder and family farms in sustainable agriculture, published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in October 2014, is highlighting the important role of the livestock sector in developing countries.
Deep Roots, which is a co-publication of FAO and Tudor Rose and features a chapter: ‘Livestock farming boosts local economies in developing countries’ by researchers from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) was launched at the global closing event of the 2014 International Year of the Family Farming (IYFF) in Manila, Philippines on 27 November 2014.