November 2009

Venue: ILRI-Addis Info Center

11:00 Improving Water Productivity of Crop-Livestock Systems of Sub-Saharan Africa [presentation] T. Amede
11:30 Improving the value of maize as livestock feed to enhance the livelihoods of maize-livestock farmers in East Africa [presentation] D. Friesen
12:00 Lessons learnt from feed innovation approaches. Experiences from IFAD/FAP and DFID/FIP projects [presentation] A.Duncan and R. Puskur
12:30 Realizing the benefits of cover crop legumes in smallholder crop-livestock systems of the hillsides of Central America: Trade-off analysis of using legumes for soil enhancing or
as animal feed resource [presentation]
M. Peters
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Conservation agriculture, livestock and livelihood strategies in the Indo-Gangetic Plains of South Asia: Synergies and tradeoffs [presentation] O. Erenstein
14:30 Balancing Livestock Needs and Soil Conservation: Assessment of Opportunities in Intensifying Cereal-Legume-Livestock Systems in West Africa [presentation] T. Abdoulaye
15:00 Modeling approaches to address crop-residue tradeoffs in mixed crop-livestock systems [presentation] M. van Wijk, M. Rufino and L. Claessens
15:30 Coffee Break
16:00 Harmonization of the regional case studies and research plans, gaps and needs for enlarging partnerships and synergies O. Erenstein, S. Homann, T. Abdoulaye, T. Amede, B. Gérard
16:45 Discussions
17:30 End of Day 1

Peter Hobbs has consolidated the responses to Giller et al. paper that took place on the FAO Conservation Agriculture Community of Practice forum, and has placed the Blog at:

Giller et al. review article ‘Conservation agriculture and smallholder farming in Africa: The heretics’ view’ published in 2009 in Field Crops Research is certainly worth reading

The lead principal investigators (Sabine Homann ICRISAT, Tahirou Abdoulaye from IITA, Olaf Erenstein from CIMMYT and Talihun Amede from ILRI/IWMI) of the SLP project ‘Optimizing livelihood and environmental benefits from crop residues in smallholder crop-livestock systems in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia: regional case studies’ are meetingin Addis on 2-3 December to finalize the village and household survey design and interact with Lieven Claessens (CIP) and Mark van Wijk (Wageningen University) to discuss the modeling component of the project. All will attend the first day of the LPG meeting on 1 December as resource persons.

The steering committee of the CGIAR Systemwide Livestock Programme, called the Livestock Programme Group, will hold its annual meeting in Addis Ababa on 1 and 2 December. See the Program for 1 December.

SLP is starting to migrate its website to WordPress to gain in dynamics. SLP old site will be accessible during the transition period at