West Africa

In West Africa, ILRI has offices in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Nigeria with the office in Burkina Faso serving as the regional hub.

For this region, ILRI’s major objectives are:

  • To sustainably intensify smallholder crop-livestock production systems through innovative livestock practices thereby improving productivity, food security and nutrition.
  • To enhance resilience of livestock production systems to better adapt to climate change and variability and improve market participation by smallholder livestock producers.

To address these objectives, the priority research areas identified for the region are:

  • Closing the livestock productivity gap through sustainable intensification of mixed crop-livestock systems.
  • Enhancing the consumption of animal source foods and food safety.
  • Livestock value chain development and better market access for smallholder producers.
  • Evolution of livestock systems and assessment of natural resource base. This includes analysis of pastoral and agro-pastoral systems in West Africa Sahel with focus on technical, social and institutional aspects like conflict management, natural resource governance, analysis of local conventions governing natural resource management, transhumance and enhancing the value of ecosystems services in pastoral systems.
  • Building resilient livestock systems in response to climate change. This entails adapting livestock production systems to climate change and climate smart livestock interventions that enhance adaptation to climate change, and to reduce vulnerability of smallholder farmers to climate change and variability.

Strategies and Outcome in West Africa

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Youtube videos

Livestock Under Threat: Managing the Future of Native West African Ruminant Livestock

Photos from Flickr

  • Jan/2009 - A girl shares the entrance to her house with a family of chickens in Oyo State, Nigeria (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann).Jun/2005 - A young girl sells food to villagers outside Kano, Nigeria (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann).Jul/2010 - Young woman in Nigeria pounds grain for her family's evening meal (photo credit: ILRI/Dave Elsworth).Jun/2005 - A small-scale mixed crop-and-livestock farmer in Oyo State, Nigeria (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann)Jun/2005 - Livestock grazing on an island in the River Niger, as seen off a bridge in Niger’s capital, Niamey (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann).
Jun/2005 - Creating new options for household
income. More livestock enterprises mean more
opportunities for women (photo: ILRI/Stevie Mann).

ILRI 2010 CalendarJun/2005 - Village women and livestock in Niger (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann).Oct/2009 - Man feeds his animal supplementary feed in Niger (photo credit: ILRI/Dave Elsworth).Oct/2009 - (photo credit: ILRI).