Development and Adoption of Technologies for Improving Dairy Productivity and Nutrition among Smallholder Dairy Farmers in Malawi

This is as an action research project which will be conducted in the farming communities in Majiga and Chitsanzo Milk Bulking Groups in Central Malawi. The aim of the research is to develop feed technologies for improving dairy productivity; analyse adoption process of the feeds and the associated costs of the technologies. The feeding technologies will be promoted along other improved technologies such as breeding, housing and disease control. The milk and feeds value chain will be analysed and used to improve production and marketing of dairy products. Plans for up-scaling the feed technologies with farmers and the feed industry players will also be developed. The study will be conducted as part of a training and research undertaking for two MSc. students at Bunda College of Agriculture.
Ceci est un projet de recherche-action qui sera menée au niveau des communautés agricoles dans les associations de producteurs de lait de Majiga et Chitsanzo dans la région centrale du Malawi. Le but de cette recherche est de développer des technologies d’alimentation pour améliorer la productivité laitière; d’analyser le processus d’adoption des aliments et des coûts associés des technologies. Les technologies d’alimentation seront promues parmi d’autres technologies améliorées telles que le contrôle de la reproduction, du logement et de la maladie. La chaîne de valeur du lait et des aliments sera analysée et utilisée pour améliorer la production et la commercialisation de produits laitiers. Les plans de mise à l’échelle des technologies d’alimentation avec les agriculteurs et les acteurs de l’industrie alimentaire seront également développés. L’étude sera menée dans le cadre d’une formation et de la recherche entreprise par deux étudiants de maîtrise du Collège Agronomique de Bunda.
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