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.
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.
In February 2017, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the Swaziland Water and Agricultural Development Enterprise (SWADE) and the Micro Finance Unit, Swaziland (MFU) are organizing an international conference on livestock value chain finance and access to credit.
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.
The Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security, in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets, invites submissions for a special issue on policies, institutions, and markets. The focus of this issue is on how gender interacts with policies, institutions, and/or markets in the areas of agriculture and food security.Deadline for submission of extended abstracts is 4 April 2015.
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.
Two senior agricultural economists with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) were among the speakers during the 10th African Dairy conference and Exhibition held in Nairobi on 24 to 26 September 2014, during which they shared on dairy production and the policy and economic issues facing the dairy sector.