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 On-farm Feed Advisor helps extension staff to advise farmers on how to balance their animals’ diet by matching nutrients and production in the feed offered, based on the animal body weight, milk production and stage of pregnancy. The application selects the cheapest locally available feeds to bridge the nutritional gap. The results are given in the form of an advice memo with information including cost of feeding and additional income before and after balancing the diet.