In 2012, Africa RISING funded an ‘early win’ project in Ethiopia led by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA).
The project aims to support more effective use of feed by crop-livestock farmers (including supply and quality, impacts on livestock production and product appeal and links to markets). The project builds on an ongoing Ethiopian Livestock Feed Project. Some of the approaches for rapid feed assessment and value chain analysis will be common to the two projects but the emphasis in the USAID Early Win will be on crop-livestock interactions.
The specific objectives of the project are:
- To characterise the nature of crop-livestock interactions based on feed and identify opportunities for strengthening these through improved production, quality or augmentation with purchased inputs.
- To assess the broad potential implications of improved crop-livestock integration / intensification for sustainable feed supply in the target sites.
- To assess the state of feed value chains in facilitating improved feed use on crop-livestock farms.
- To use the above information to allow future trends to be predicted and to support interventions to enhance smallholder-based feed supply and trade.
The Africa RISING program comprises three linked research-for-development projects, funded by the USAID Feed the Future Initiative, and aiming to sustainably intensify mixed farming systems in West Africa (Southern Mali and Northern Ghana), the Ethiopian Highlands and East and Southern Africa (Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi).
To produce some short-term outputs and to support the longer term objectives of the projects, in 2012 Africa RISING funded several small, short-term projects in each of the regions. More information.