Nurturing a network of policy analysts in Kenyan agriculture
Agriculture / Capacity strengthening / East Africa / Kenya / Knowledge and Information / LIVESTOCKCRP / PIL / policy / Research

Nurturing a network of policy analysts in Kenyan agriculture

A new initiative in Kenya is seeking to empower scientists to be better translators of their research, with the aim of making agricultural policies and practices more science-based. It is implemented by ILRI in collaboration with Africa’s Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) and the Swedish-funded program Agriculture for Food Security 2030 (AgriFoSe2030). Continue reading

Research helps parents ‘give milk’ to improve nutrition and livelihoods in Rwanda
Agriculture / Capacity strengthening / Dairying / Impact Assessment / Knowledge and Information / Livelihoods / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Nutrition / PIL / policy / Research / Rwanda / Smallholder

Research helps parents ‘give milk’ to improve nutrition and livelihoods in Rwanda

An ongoing project in Rwanda is focusing on increasing the consumption of milk, which is considered a promising way of promoting income generation activities and nutritional outcomes. Many parents and other farmers are learning how to improve both the production of milk and their children’s nutrition. Continue reading

Role of trust and collaborative networks in developing smallholder farmers’ agribusiness capacities
Agriculture / Article / Capacity strengthening / Central America / Gender / Impact Assessment / Innovation Systems / LIVESTOCKCRP / Nicaragua / PIL / Research / Smallholder / Value Chains

Role of trust and collaborative networks in developing smallholder farmers’ agribusiness capacities

A recent study in Nicaragua shows that despite the growing popularity of learning alliances, it is difficult to quantify whether they increase the capacity of partners compared to other networks with similar goals. Researchers from ILRI and the Georg-August-Universitåt in Germany evaluated the business relationship constructs of trust and capacity development in the Nicaraguan Learning Alliance. Continue reading

Leveraging higher demand for livestock-derived foods to meet nutritional needs of the world’s poor
Africa / Agriculture / Capacity strengthening / Crop-Livestock / Gender / Impact Assessment / Kenya / Knowledge and Information / Livelihoods / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Nutrition / PIL / policy / Research / Smallholder / Vulnerability / Women

Leveraging higher demand for livestock-derived foods to meet nutritional needs of the world’s poor

A recent study of the ‘Contributions of livestock-derived foods to nutrient supply under changing demand in low- and middle-income countries’ shows that demand for livestock-derived foods will grow substantially to year 2050 in eight countries that are currently facing food security and nutrient supply challenges. Continue reading

Agriculture / Capacity strengthening / East Africa / Ethiopia / Gender / ILRI / Livelihoods / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / PIL / Report / Women

Understanding the dynamics of empowerment among rural women in Ethiopia

Local sociocultural norms and an individual’s ability to meet socially constructed roles determine our understanding of the ‘empowerment’ of women and men in rural communities. These were the findings of a study in Ethiopia that tested the suitability of an existing survey-based Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index’s (WEAI) domains and indicators. Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Capacity strengthening / CapDev / Ethiopia / ILRI / LIVESTOCKCRP / PIL / PIM / Value Chains

Value chains learning hubs workshop: co-creating solutions for eastern and southern Africa

On 31 October and 1 November 2017, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM), welcomed over 20 value chains professionals and experts in ILRI’s Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) campus to discuss the current value chains situation and to work together on defining a path forward. Continue reading