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International Year of Plant Health 2020 The United Nations has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). Healthy plants are beneficial to the environment as they provide more oxygen and contribute to better carbon storage, they also provide more food and feeds for human and animals.

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Argan (Argania spinosa), tree, Essaouira, Morocco

Argan (Argania spinosa (L.) Skeels) is a thorny tree from the arid and semi-arid... Read more

Soybean meal, imported in France

Soybean meal is the most important protein source used to feed farm animals. It... Read more

Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris var. crassa

Fodder beet (Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris L.) is a biennial plant... Read more

Dehydrated beet pulp

Sugarbeet pulp is the fibrous, energy rich by-product resulting from the water extraction... Read more

White lupin (Lupinus albus) seeds

White lupin (Lupinus albus L.) is one of the 200 species of lupins, a genus of... Read more

Rapeseed meal

Rapeseed meal, called canola meal in North America, Australia and some other countries,... Read more

White mulberry (Morus alba), habit

White mulberry (Morus alba L.) is a high-yielding pantropical and subtropical... Read more

Desert grass (Panicum turgidum) tussocks

Desert grass (Panicum turgidum Forssk.) is a coarse, tussocky, tropical and... Read more

Potato pulp, dehydrated, France

The processing of potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) for food and for the manufacture of... Read more

Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) field

Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.) is an Andean pseudo-cereal crop that is... Read more

Sweet thorn (Acacia karroo) habit, blooming

Sweet thorn (Acacia karroo Hayne or Vachellia karroo (Hayne) Banfi... Read more

Salsola (Salsola glabrescens) habit

Salsola glabrescens Burtt Davy is an indigenous shrub native of the Nama Karoo,... Read more

Osteospermum spinescens, Photographer: C.Mayer

Osteospermum spinescens is a shrub native to the South African semi-arid veld... Read more

Rhizoma peanut (Arachis glabrata) stand

Rhizoma peanut (Arachis glabrata Benth.) is a summer growing perennial tropical... Read more

Maize stover consists of the residues of maize (Zea mays L.) plants grown for... Read more

Combretum aculeatum

Combretum aculeatum Vent. is a small tree or shrub up to 4 m high. It has... Read more

Red bush willow (Combretum apiculatum) habit

Red bush willow (Combretum apiculatum Sond.) is a deciduous, small to medium-... Read more

Barwood (Pterocarpus erinaceaus) tree, habit

Barwood (Pterocarpus erinaceus Poir.) is a tropical tree from West and Central... Read more

Prosopis (Prosopis cineraria) tree

Prosopis cineraria (L.) Druce is a deep-rooted, perennial and multipurpose tree... Read more

Huizache (Acacia farnesiana) habit

Huizache (Acacia farnesiana (L.) Willd. or Vachellia farnesiana (L.)... Read more

Acacia (Acacia brevispica) leaves

The acacia species Senegalia brevispica (Harms) Seigler & Ebinger (formerly... Read more

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Broadening horizons

By Harinder P.S. Makkar1, Paul Opio2, Joseph Matere3, Jay Angerer4, Luca Innocente5, Wamalwa Kinyanjui6, Cyril Ferrand2, S. Munyua6

Seasonal feed shortages and inefficient feed use by pastoralist and agropastoralist communities are the major challenges affecting livestock productivity in East African countries. Studies have shown that the early actions provide high returns on investment. However, the early actions can only be taken with sound and timely information. A National Animal Feed Security System (NAFSS) that monitors animal feed and water availability, can play a vital role in alerting decision makers of the right time to implement early actions. It would also enhance efficiency of livestock production and make the livestock sector more resilient. A NAFSS is a complete set of an array of components, namely tools; and of procedures, facilities, skills, infrastructure, personnel, organizations, and institutions required to implement them. This article illustrates the components of such a system and the manner in which FAO and IGAD intend to operationalise it in East African countries.

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Opinion paper: A regional feed action plan – one-of-a-kind example from East Africa Opinion paper: A regional feed action plan – one-of-a-kind example from East Africa - Opio et al., 2020. Animal, 1-4

Open access document. This paper puts forward a case for formulation of a regional animal feed action plan (RAFAP) and highlights its potential benefits.

Animal Feed Action Plan. FAO and IGAD 2019 East Africa Animal Feed Action Plan: Sustainably developing livestock-dependent livelihoods in East Africa - FAO and IGAD, 2019. FAO, IGAD, Rome, Italy

The East Africa Animal Feed Action Plan provides a guided approach to pave the way for the sustainable production of quality livestock and products, while improving competitiveness and profitability and ensuring appropriate feed resource management across East Africa. It also provides guidelines to communities, countries, the private sector and livestock stakeholders to optimally use available feed resources in order to increase the supply and quality of animals, products and by-products, and to maximize the economic and social benefits of the livestock subsector.

 

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