Using theory of change for outcome-oriented research
Dairying / Impact Assessment / Livelihoods / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / PIL / policy / Research / Southern Africa / Tanzania / Value Chains

Using theory of change for outcome-oriented research

Research plays a key role in identifying challenges as well as opportunities that can be used to spur development in the livestock sector. Therefore, in conducting research one of the core objectives is to ensure it makes significant contribution towards improving livelihoods.
Given that there are many priorities competing for stakeholder attention and scarce resources, research should not only help generate and promote strategies, but also demonstrate how they contribute to sustainable livestock development. Continue reading

Research helps parents ‘give milk’ to improve nutrition and livelihoods in Rwanda
Agriculture / Capacity strengthening / Dairying / Impact Assessment / Knowledge and Information / Livelihoods / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Nutrition / PIL / policy / Research / Rwanda / Smallholder / Women

Research helps parents ‘give milk’ to improve nutrition and livelihoods in Rwanda

An ongoing project in Rwanda is focusing on increasing the consumption of milk, which is considered a promising way of promoting income generation activities and nutritional outcomes. Many parents and other farmers are learning how to improve both the production of milk and their children’s nutrition. Continue reading

Assessing sustainability of smallholder dairy and traditional cattle milk production systems in Tanzania
Africa / Dairying / Livelihoods / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / PIL / policy / Research / Tanzania

Assessing sustainability of smallholder dairy and traditional cattle milk production systems in Tanzania

Both in the scientific community and the media, there are a lot of talks about sustainable livestock systems, what they are and how to promote them. A sustainable farming system is one which is economically viable, socially acceptable, environmentally friendly and transferable to the future generations. But achieving sustainable smallholder milk production systems in developing countries, including Tanzania, is limited by many constraints including low cow productivity, shortage of feed, limited access to inputs and outputs markets and degradation of natural resources. Continue reading

Achieving gender-equitable outcomes in low emissions development initiatives in the Kenyan dairy sector
Dairying / East Africa / Gender / Gender news / Impact Assessment / Kenya / Livelihoods / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / PIL / policy / SLS / Women

Achieving gender-equitable outcomes in low emissions development initiatives in the Kenyan dairy sector

Achieving global goals of lowering livestock’s greenhouse gas emissions is hinged on changing the practices (feeding, herd management and manure management) of smallholder households. Animal husbandry is characterized by gendered division of labour, resource control and decision-making power, with men mainly claiming ownership of animals while women provide labour. Farmers worldwide are known to be motivated to adopt practices that enhance productivity and profitability. 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

Africa / Agriculture / Article / Dairying / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Livelihoods / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / PIL / Research / Value Chains

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

CCAFS / Climate Change / Dairying / East Africa / Gender / Gender news / Kenya / Livelihoods / Report / SLS / Women

New guide outlines options for integrating gender equity and social inclusion in low-emissions dairy production interventions

A recently published research report highlights that in order to appropriately address gender and socially inclusive development in the Kenyan dairy sector, any intervention must take into consideration the substantive cultural gender issues that are at play at both the household and producer organization levels. Continue reading

AGRF session on transforming dairy value chains in Africa: Pathways to prosperity
Africa / Animal Health / Dairying / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Markets / PIL / Vaccines / Value Chains

AGRF session on transforming dairy value chains in Africa: Pathways to prosperity

On 8 September 2016, the International Livestock Research Institute and partners hold a working session at the 2016 African Green Revolution Forum on transforming dairy value chains in Africa: Pathways to prosperity. Continue reading

Article / AVCD / Dairying / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Nutrition / PIL / Project / Value Chains / Women

Leveraging behaviour change communication to improve nutrition in Kenya

To address the totality of nutrition (including equal distribution and uptake of nutritional foods) and encourage sustainable practices and consumption patterns, AVCD dairy is implementing behavior change communication strategies to the nutritional status of women and children in Kenya. Continue reading