The Livestock Production Systems in Zimbabwe (LIPS-ZIM) project is being implemented in six provinces in Zimbabwe. International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is partnering with, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (Cirad) and University of Zimbabwe (UZ). The project aims to increase the adoption of climate relevant innovations in livestock-based production systems and improve surveillance and control of livestock diseases in Zimbabwe’s agro-ecological regions IV & V.
The project will research on the technologies and models that can help to increase the adoption of business and climate smart feeding practices, adaptive breeds, and animal management practices (such as feed stocking rates) and indigenous knowledge systems that impact on livestock production combined with research on the epidemiology of diseases and efficient ways of controlling them. The impact will improve the efficiencies of livestock production systems, reduce environmental footprint, benefit the people living in the expanding natural regions IV and V and support the agricultural research systems by enhancing capacities of institutions.