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Livestock supports the livelihood of about 1.3 billion people in developing countries and contributes up to 30 per cent of the agriculture Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of countries in sub-Saharan Africa, mainly through the provision of meat, milk, eggs, wool and hides and skins. Demand for livestock products in sub-Saharan Africa is increasing, rapidly fueled by growing population, urbanization and improved incomes leading to shifts in diets towards high value commodities such as meat and milk. Livestock supports family incomes, food security and gender empowerment. It is a source of readily convertible cash and insurance against crop failure. The objective of the TAAT livestock compact is to increase the productivity and profitability of small animal value chains through upscaling innovations in livestock genetics, feed, health, production systems, policy and marketing. The TAAT program is expected to unleash the Regional Technology Delivery Infrastructure with an emphasis on innovations cutting across agro-ecological zones.


Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation
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  • Improved poultry genetics

  • Brooder enterprises to deliver 21–30- day old chicks to reduce mortality risks at smallholder production level.

  • Brooder enterprises to deliver 21–30- day old chicks to reduce mortality risks at smallholder production level.

  • Thermostable Newcastle disease vaccine.

  • High-quality cassava peels mash for livestock feed and import substitution

  • Thermostable vaccine for Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR).

  • Improved forages, feed supplements and better use of crop residues for fattening.

  • Business models for fattening enterprises.

  • Small ruminants genetics through community breeding schemes.

Adeniyi (Niyi) Adediran
Coordinator, TAAT Livestock Compact
International Livestock Research Institute, Ethiopia
Telephone: +251 116 17 2413

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