Smallholder dairy farmers participating in Kenya and Uganda are set to benefit from an innovative and interactive mobile-based system allowing them to effectively record farm events and gain access to productivity-enhancing information and services.
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.
Mindy Spyker has joined the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) as a US Borlaug Fellow in Global Food Security for the next five months under the Livelihoods, gender and impact (LGI) program. Spyker is a masters student at the University of South Florida in the field of public health. Her research interests are nutrition, mothers …
In the East Africa Dairy Development (EADD), a regional project that is helping farmers boost milk and dairy production in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, smallholder dairy farmers who are part of the project’s dairy hubs are set to benefit from an innovative and interactive mobile-based system that allows them to effectively record farm events and have access to information and services that help them enhance the productivity of their livestock.
Scientists at ILRI carried out a socioeconomic study, to answer several questions on the delivery of the CBPP vaccine in North Eastern Kenya. A recently published paper, based on the study findings, reports that gendered division of cattle associated roles and responsibilities has produced different and complementary types of knowledge on CBPP by women and men.
A newly published article reports that increased workload from dairy intensification, especially in medium-intensity households could negatively impact women’s time use and affect caregiving activities and child nutrition.
A team of gender scientists from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in collaboration with the CGIAR research program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health and Emory University, are undertaking a survey in Tanzania that assesses the empowerment status of women livestock keepers involved in the Maziwa Zaidi project and the relation between the empowerment of these women and the nutritional status of their household members.
A newly published paper discusses the variability of local understanding of ownership based on seven areas related to livestock farming. This variability has significant implications on intra-household roles, decision-making and ultimately food security.
Under the REVALTER project, ILRI is working, with partners, to improve livestock development in Vietnam, specifically in the pig value chain. Four studies were carried out in Thong Nhat District, Dong Nai Province in Vietnam to analyse the pig value chain, linkage between actors, market access and the economic efficiency of the concentrated pig production model, with a view of proposing improvement strategies. The studies reveal that even though the livestock industry in the district faces many difficulties, pig production is more profitable and developed than cattle and poultry.
Catherine Kilelu has joined the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) as a post-doctoral scientist under the Livelihoods, Gender and Impact (LGI) program. She is a joint appointee between ILRI and the Wageningen University. In her position, Kilelu’s work will focus on innovation platforms and will be directly aligned to the Value Chain Transformation and Scaling …