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Small-Scale Livestock Development and Extension Techniques Course


The rapidly growing demand for livestock products worldwide is brought about by human population pressure, growing income and urbanization. Land use and human population pressures are leading to intensification and expansion in many livestock production systems. In addition, expansion of cropping into drier areas is forcing pastoral livestock production systems to relocate into still more arid lands. As a result of these changes new pressures on the environment are developing or could emerge and, therefore, should be of concern.

Livestock make an important contribution to most economies. It produce food, provide security, enhance crop production, generate cash incomes for rural and urban populations, provide fuel and transport, and produce value added goods which can have multiplier effects and create a need for services. Furthermore, livestock diversify production and income, provide year-round employment, and spread risk. Livestock also form a major capital reserve of farming households. This training course is designed to provide a guideline to participants’ in small scale livestock production and management as a source of livelihoods.


5 days


This course is intended for various actors in the Agriculture Extension (Agricultural extension officers, senior agricultural officials and policy makers) working with communities, in governments, funding agencies, Research organizations and non-government organizations among others for Agriculture support activities and other Development programmes.


By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Understand the nutritional needs and feeds management for livestock
  • Gain insight on financial management in livestock development projects
  • Gain skills on livestock health management
  • Learn skills on the resources required for starting a livestock related projects
  • Understand various  uses of the products and by products in the livestock production projects
  • Gain skills on technologies involved in livestock production
  • Gain knowledge on how to strengthen farmer participation in livestock projects


Planning for Livestock Development Projects

  • Overview of small-scale livestock development
  • Production resources analysis
  • Critical analysis in livestock production system
  • Basic economic analysis and financing for small-scale livestock development projects
  • Livestock products marketing

Livestock Nutrition and Health

  • Overview of animal nutrition and health management
  • Nutrition needs and feed management for poultry, cattle and small ruminants
  • Utilization of crops, by products, and crop nutrition
  • Sanitation and epidemic control

Animal Production Extension

  • Farmers’ knowledge, attitudes and practices  (KAP)
  • KAP data analysis and utilization for extension development
  • Planning and implementing farmers’ training programs

Farmers’ Institution Strengthening

  • Participatory problem analysis and development planning
  • Strategies and approaches for farmers empowerment
  • Improving livestock Infrastructures
  • Institutional and financial empowerment of livestock farmers
  • Formation of sustainable livestock farmers organizations

Role of Technology in Small-Scale Livestock Development

  • Participatory monitoring and evaluation techniques
  • ICT application in livestock management
  • Application of GIS and RS in livestock farming


Participants should be reasonably proficient in English. Applicants must live up to Indepth Research Services (IRES) admission criteria.


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Services (IRES) certificate.


The training is residential and will be held at IRES Training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

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Mob: +254 715 077 817

Tel: 020 211 3814


This training can also be customized for your institution upon request to a minimum of 4 participants. You can have it delivered in our training centre or at a convenient location.

For further inquiries, please contact us on Tel: +254 715 077 817, +254 (020) 211 3814 or mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B. 12th August 2019

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Payment for the all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable, and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.

1.     Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.

2.     No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met.

Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.

Event Properties

Event Duration 5 Days
Event Date 19-08-2019
Event End Date 23-08-2019
Cut off date 12-08-2019
Individual Price(Kenyan) KES 75,000
Individual Price (International) EUR 1,012
Individual Price(International in Dollars) USD 1,000
Location Nairobi, Kenya
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