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

Improved cattle feeding holds the key to dairy sector growth in Nicaragua
Article / Capacity strengthening / Central America / Dairying / Livelihoods / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Markets / Nicaragua / PIL / policy / Research / Smallholder / Value Chains

Improved cattle feeding holds the key to dairy sector growth in Nicaragua

Dairy is an important contributor to the nation’s economy in Nicaragua. Cattle production accounts for 45% of the national agricultural Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 32% of exports by value. An improved cattle feeding system is a profitable investment that can increase cow milk yields in the country. Continue reading

Empowering researchers to undertake gender responsive agricultural research in Ethiopia
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Empowering researchers to undertake gender responsive agricultural research in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research organized a seven-day staff training workshop in August 2018 which focused on addressing the identified gender capacity needs among researchers and top management. A total of 24 gender focal persons were trained. 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

Capacity strengthening / CapDev / Gender / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Innovation Systems / Research / Women

Tools and training materials to help mainstream gender in Humidtropics activities

To support mainstreaming of gender into Humidtropics research, the program developed four classroom-training modules to be used by facilitators of innovation platforms, covering: Control of Assets (CoA); Power & Decision-Making (PDM); Needs, Priorities and Perceptions (NPP); Barriers to Participation (BtP) Continue reading