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ILCA's Strategy for Improving the Output of Livestock in Sub-Saharan Africa Based on Six Research Thrusts

Tropical agriculture research series : proceedings of a symposium on tropical agriculture researches
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The International Livestock Centre for Africa (ILCA), established in 1974, is an autonomous, non-profit research, training and information centre with a mandate to improve livestock production throughout sub-Saharan Africa. ILCA's headquarters are located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and ILCA operates research sites in four ecological zones, humid (Nigeria), sub-humid (Kenya, Mali and Nigeria), semi-arid (Niger) and highlands (Ethiopia). ILCA's research activities concentrate on the three most important ruminant species in Africa - cattle, sheep and goats along the lines of the five-year plan 1989-93. The research is organised into six main areas or thrusts: Cattle Milk and Meat, Small Ruminant Meat and Milk, Animal Traction, Animal Feed Resources, Trypanotolerance and Livestock Policy and Resource Use. The first three are 'commodity' thrusts; they seek to increase sustainable output of the three most important livestock products, meat, milk and traction. The others are 'strategic' thrusts; the information and technology they generate feed into the commodity thrusts. Within these thrusts, ILCA scientists work in multi-disciplinary teams in collaboration with colleagues in African national programs through networks dedicated to specific research areas. The most successful research achievements have already started to make an impact on smallholder production systems.

Date of issued1991-09-24
CreatorShozo Watanabe
PublisherJapan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences