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Animal Production and Health Division (Animal Nutrition) in FAO

FAO’s Animal Production and Health Division (Animal Nutrition) is frequently involved in emergency responses triggered either by the incursion of severe animal diseases, which have the ability to rapidly spread over large geographical areas (‘transboundary animal diseases’, TADs) into previously unaffected countries or regions, or by natural and man-made disasters such as droughts, floods, earthquakes, civil strife etc. Both types of emergency have in common that they can severely affect livestock-related livelihoods.


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Harinder Makkar
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Technologies from Animal Production and Health Division (Animal Nutrition) in FAO


Processamento de Mandioca: Farinha Húmida de Mandioca

Mandioca (Manihot esculenta Crantz) é a terceira maior fonte de calorias nos trópicos, depois do arroz e do milho. Milhões de pessoas em África, Ásia e América Latina dependem da mandioca. É cultivada por agricultores pobres, muitos deles mulheres e frequentemente em terras marginais. Para estes agricultores e suas famílias, a mandioca é vital para a segurança alimentar e criação de rendimento. A mandioca é a matéria-prima base para uma série de produtos transformados, que podem contribuir para aumentar a sua procura, dinamizar a indústria de transformação e para o crescimento económico dos países em desenvolvimento. Esta comunicação descreve a tecnologia para obter farinha de mandioca a partir dos seus tubérculos.

How to process raw drone larvae into value added products

Drones are male honey bees and their primary role is to mate with an infertile queen. The value of drone larvae as a nutritional supplement has been already proven and drone larvae have been used as food for thousands of years by the most ancient civilizations. Drone larvae can also be used as food for animals as they are very rich in nutrients.  Drone larvae therefore offer the opportunity to the beekeeper to generate extra income from the extraction and processing of drone larvae and the consumption of drone larvae can contribute to improved health and well-being.  This technology explains how to process drone larvae into value added products.

How to make added value products with dead bees

Honey bees bodies have important healing properties and dead bees have been used for treating and/or curing diseases for thousands of years. The oldest civilizations like Chinese, Egyptian, Maya and Romans, used dead bees in extracts to keep healthy and to treat diseases. Dead bees can also be used in agriculture as compost for the soil. This technology explains how to collect dead bees and how to make value added products with dead bees.

Alternative fodder production to increase profitability of livestock production in the West Bank

This practice describes the use of hydroponic technology (soil-less plant propagation) as an alternative method of sustainable feed production, in the form of green fodder, in order to address decreased access to grazing land. This provides herders and their cooperatives with a low-cost, high quality, sustainable source of fodder which is available year-round. The approach increases the profitability of livestock production and helps herders stay in business.

Hay Box Brooder: A Milestone to Increase Rural Households Poultry Production

Using the hay-box chick brooder is a simple technique which conserves the metabolic heat produced by the chicks and thus keeping them warm. Unlike other brooders, this device does not require coal, oil, or electricity for heating.

The following description gives detailed information on how to build and manage the hay-box, in addition to tips on how to preserve the Box and the chicks during the different seasons and how to maintain the required temperature based on experiences in Ethiopia.

The hay-box chick brooder which is not using any artificial heat is an ESTC (Ethiopian Science and Technology Commission) award winning technology developed by Prof. Solomon Demeke at Jimma University College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (JUCAVM) (Solomon, 2003).