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Technical Reports

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Contribution of Livestock Research to  Livelihoods during Financial Year 2016-2017

Majority of the workforce in Uganda (72%) are employed by the Agricultural sector and up to 87% of these are the poor. A relatively tremendous increase of contribution of livestock of to the GDP of 4.2% (2010 2014) is a key indicator that investing in livestock by increasing productivity and commercialization are expected to reduce poverty (ASSP, 2016).

By 2020, Uganda targets to produce 3.35 billion Litres of milk and harness US$92Million in export of milk products. The country is also targeting attaining goat meat production of 39,775metric tons and up to US$421 in exports per year as well as up to 63,647 metric tons/year of poultry (ASSP, 2016). To contribute to this effort, NaLIRRI generated and is promoting technologies like dairy pellet, pasture improvement, feed conservation technologies to enhance increased milk yields.

Technologies such as Aflatoxin-binder feed additive for enhanced performance of broilers, genetic improvement of indigenous livestock breeds are being promoted to increase production of poultry and goat enterprises so as to meet the set targets.

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GCCA Project October 2015 – July 2016

The project is designed in such a way that public-private partnerships drive farmer mobilization for sustained technology uptake, skills and knowledge capacity enhancement through learning – testing – reflection and active procedure accelerated by collective group action and positive peer influence. In the field, there are two intervention clusters namely the Mubende cluster and Nakasongola cluster. The Mubende cluster comprises of Mubende, Sembabule and Kiboga districts; and that of Nakasongola includes Luwero, Nakaseke and Nakasongola districts

The purpose of the project intervention is strengthened knowledge and capacities for climate change adaptation; and improved resilience of agriculture production systems in the cattle corridor. To achieve these outcomes, the following outputs will be delivered by the project.

  • 40 additional water harvesting facilities established among FFS in the project sites
  • At least 200 acres of improved pastures established
  • 2 nuclei learning sites for conservation and utilization of hay established
  • 2 standard nursery sheds established
  • Technical support for rehabilitation of degraded pastures in 6 micro-watersheds provided
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End of Project Report

Rehabilitating Degraded Pasture along the Dry Season Mobility Routes; Mainstream Livestock Nutrition and Rangeland Management Practices into the Agro Pastoral Field Schools in Karamoja and Build Capacity of Extension Staff of the District Local Governments and NGOs.

Livestock and livestock products play a key role in raising incomes of households. According to analysis of poverty trends using the Uganda National Household Survey time series data (UBOS 2007), it is evident that households that include livestock in their enterprise mix tend to be generally less poor. Close to 95% of the cattle are owned by pastoralists and communal grazers.

The overall objective of the project is to improve livestock nutrition among the agro-pastoral communities in Karamoja. Specifically, the project sought to:

  1. To rehabilitate and improve the condition of pastures within the dry season mobility belt of Karamoja including the introduction of legumes and improved pasture species, and
  2. To build the capacity of stakeholders and pastoral communities to mainstream livestock nutrition practices into the Agro Pastoral Field Schools.
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Nile BDC Technical Report

Integrated termite management for improved rainwater management: A synthesis of selected African experiences.

The paper offers some general lessons and guidelines for future agricultural research and development programs where termite damage is problematic. In brief, we conclude that ITM offers greater prospects for enabling termites to play important positive roles in agro-ecosystem functioning while reducing the damage they inflict on crop and livestock production.