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Smallholder farmers’ preferences for artificial insemination services through dairy hubs

Despite the observed decline in the demand for artificial insemination (AI) services in recent years, farmers are willing to use AI if the quality of the services is improved to match their preferences. Continue reading

Agriculture / Article / Livelihoods / LIVESTOCK-CRP / Markets / Research / Southern Africa / Tanzania / Value Chains

Value chain upgrading and inclusion of smallholders in markets: Role of multistakeholder processes in dairy development in Tanzania

An analysis of smallholder integration into agri-food markets was carried out by researchers from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and Wageningen University, through a case study of an ongoing smallholder dairy development program in Tanzania, locally referred to as ‘Maziwa Zaidi’. Continue reading

Agriculture / Capacity strengthening / Central Africa / East Africa / Gender / ILRI / Kenya / PIL / PIM / Research

ILRI and ReSAKSS-ECA train African researchers in influencing agricultural policies

Recently, a one-day policy workshop by ILRI and partners trained 18 postdoc researchers (including eight women) from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe on how research evidence can be used to influence agricultural policies in relation to the social and economic dimensions of smallholder farming. Continue reading

Agriculture / CCAFS / Climate Change / Gender / Gender news / Women

New papers explore gender-inclusive climate adaptation strategies

Articles featured in a special edition of the journal of Gender, Technology and Development demonstrate that providing women with engagement opportunities and adaptation resources will greatly reduce the variance in agricultural productivity between men and women, which currently range from four to 25 percent globally. Continue reading

Agriculture / Climate Change / Dairying / Gender / PIL / SLS / Tanzania

Itumeleng Mafatshe joins ILRI as a graduate fellow

Itumeleng Mafatshe is an MSc. Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security student at the National University of Ireland Galway. She has recently joined the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) as a graduate fellow for three months under two programs: Livelihoods, Gender and Impact (LGI) and the Livestock Systems and Environment (LSE). Mafatshe has a background … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Climate Change / Gender / ILRI / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / PIL / Presentation / Women

International Women’s Day 2016: What issues are central to agricultural development for women?

Empowering rural women, especially in Africa, is vital to enabling poor and vulnerable people to improve their livelihoods, increase their household incomes, overcome poverty and build resilience to impacts of climate change. Continue reading