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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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Papyrus (Cyperus papyrus) inflorescence blooming

Papyrus (Cyperus papyrus L.) is an aquatic sedge mostly known for its use as... Read more

Goose grass (Eleusine indica) stand and albatross

Goose grass (Eleusine indica (L.) Gaertn.) is an annual or short-lived perennial... Read more

Brachiaria (Brachiaria lata), habit

Brachiaria lata (Schumach.) C. E. Hubb. is a fast growing annual grass... Read more

Boscia (Boscia angustifolia) habit, Burkina Faso

Boscia (Boscia angustifolia A. Rich.) is an African multipurpose tree that is... Read more

Blue lupin (Lupinus angustilofius), leaves and inflorescence

Blue lupin (Lupinus angustifolius L.) is a legume crop used for seed and fodder... Read more

Blue lupin (Lupinus angustifolius), seeds

Blue lupin (Lupinus angustifolius L.) is one of the 200 species of lupins, a... Read more

Biul (Grewia optiva) flower, Morni Hills, India

Bhimal (Grewia optiva J. R. Drumm. ex Burret) is a small multipurpose tree from... Read more

Sugarbeet molasses

Beet molasses is the syrupy by-product yielded after the crystallisation of sugar from... Read more

Golden millet (Setaria sphacelata) seed-heads, Australia

Golden millet (Setaria sphacelata var. anceps (Schum.) Stapf & Hubb)... Read more

Saltbush habit (St Nazaire, France)

Saltbush (Atriplex halimus L.) is a halophytic perennial shrub that can grow in... Read more

Saltbush (Salvadora persica), leaves and flowers

Saltbush (Salvadora persica Garc.) is an evergreen shrub or small tree that can... Read more

Afzelia african tree, habit, Comoé Park, Ivory Coast

Afzelia africana Sm. ex Pers. is a tropical African tree, medium to large,... Read more

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum), green forage

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum L.) is an annual herbaceous legume suitable... Read more

Mealworms (Tenebrio molitor)

Mealworms are the larvae of two species of darkling beetles of the Tenebrionidae family, ... Read more

Moringa (Moringa oleifera) plantation

Moringa (Moringa oleifera Lam.) is a multipurpose tropical tree. It is mainly... Read more

White clover (Trifolium repens) flower

White clover (Trifolium repens L.) is a creeping, herbaceous, perennial legume... Read more

Ear maize (Zea mays)

Ear maize (ear corn in American English) consists in whole maize ears including the cobs... Read more

African locust bean (Parkia biglobosa), pending flowerheads, Benin

African locust bean (Parkia biglobosa (Jacq.) G.Don and Parkia filicoidea ... Read more

Guanacaste (Enterolobium cyclocarpum), ear-shaped pod

Guanacaste (Enterolobium cyclocarpum (Jacq.) Griseb.) is a fast growing forage... Read more

Sugar beet pulp, pressed

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

Cottonseed meal

Cottonseed meal is the by-product of oil extraction from cotton seeds. As a protein-rich... Read more

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By Harinder Makkar, Lemma Gizachew, Adugna Tolera, Antonello Salis, Alemu Yami, Alberto Giani, AbdoulKarim Bah,and Shukri Ahmed

Livestock sector is vital for food security in Africa as it provides a number of essential nutrients to millions of people. Recent repeated droughts, however, had devastating effects on pastoral and agro-pastoral livelihoods, mainly due to feed and water shortages. This short paper provides information on the availability of biomass for use as animal feed and the feed balance in terms of dry matter (DM), metabolizable energy (ME) and crude protein (CP) for each of the 10 regions of Ethiopia and for the nation. These sets of data are prerequisite for putting in place strategic interventions to meet the feed demand at times of scarcity as well as for making informed decisions for sustainable development of the livestock sector in Ethiopia.

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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.

 

Mgheni et al., 2013 Chemical composition and nutritional values of feed resources for ruminants - Mgheni et al., 2013. In: Eastern and Central Africa (ECA) Table for Ruminants 2013, Assoc. Strength. Agric. Res. Eastern and Central Africa, Entebbe, 160 pp.

This feed table was generated from the feed resources data base established through the implementation of the project on Establishment of feed resources data base in Eastern and Central Africa implemented in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda from January 2010 to December 2011. It summarizes available information on chemical composition, digestibility and energy values of locally available feed-stuff resources in the region.

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