There is no silver bullet solution for global food security. Different countries are facing different environment and economic stresses that impact local household food security. Despite these differences however, crop and livestock systems exist as functioning models, with inputs and outputs that can be assessed independently to maximise yield.
Maximising yield whilst minimising the need for new technologies can be a key solution to addressing global food security whilst maintaining sustainability and biodiversity. To maximise yield however, a good understanding of the system at a household level must exist. This projected is aimed at understanding assessing the yield gaps in livestock systems by utilising household and spatial data.
With a focus on Ethiopia and India, this project aims to
1. Estimate productivity levels of livestock (dairy cattle, poultry and small ruminants) in Sub-Saharan Africa and India,
2. Estimate different entry points for closing the yield gaps of livestock in Ethiopia and India, as case studies, and
3. Develop projections of productivity and production at continental level and for the two target countries as well.
Livestock play a significant role in rural livelihoods and the economies of developing countries. They provide income and employment for 1.3 billion producers and others working in, sometimes complex, value chains. They are a crucial asset and safety net for the poor, especially for women and pastoralist groups, and they provide an important source of nourishment for […]
What do we do?
Quantifying a baseline Without an accurate baseline it is difficult to assess how to reduce livestock yield gaps. As such we are developing a framework for assessing productivity in livestock systems, particularly those owned and managed by smallholder farmers. Part of this work includes updating existing productivity maps for dairy, small ruminant (milk and meat) […]
Who supports us?
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest private foundation in the world, founded by Bill and Melinda Gates. It was launched in 2000 and is said to be the largest transparently operated private foundation in the world. For more information about their support for this project, click here.