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Ethiopia | Feed inventory and feed balance: salient findings and way forward

Ethiopia | Feed inventory and feed balance: salient findings and way forward
Oct 2019

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, metabolizable energy and crude protein for each of the ten 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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