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.
Researchers from ILRI studied the farm impacts of different types of linkages between smallholder dairy farmers and large processors through dairy hubs.
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.
Livestock policies that favour the poor have been shown to be effective in lifting families beyond mere subsistence, generating a ripple effect of benefits for them, their communities and even their countries.
Recent study by ILRI shows that pig ownership and labour investment by women in male-headed households did not guarantee that women made decisions or benefited from pig-enterprise income. The threat of domestic violence also inhibited their decision-making ability.
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.
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’.