Feed resource management, genetic improvement and disease control in smallholder dairy production systems

Smallholder dairy is an important component of agricultural production in Eastern and Central Africa (ECA) that provides the majority of milk marketed and consumed in the region. Dairy production is therefore essential in improving food and nutritional security as well as increasing household income. Several studies from ECA region have established that inadequate feeds and poor feeding systems, reproductive inefficiency, poor breeds and breeding programmes and diseases are the major challenges in limiting production and productivity of smallholder dairy systems.

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