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

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

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Smallholder farmers’ perceptions of adopting improved diets for pigs in Uganda

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. Continue reading

Africa / East Africa / Ethiopia / Gender / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Livelihoods / PIL / WLE

Stakeholder involvement, knowledge, and gender norms key for effective rainwater management

A three-year Nile Basin Development Challenge Program running from 2010-2013 piloted an integrated RWM approach that combined technologies/practices, policies and institutions and involved multiple stakeholders. Researchers from ILRI conducted a study to establish the effect of this integrated RWM approach on stakeholders’ knowledge, attitudes, skills and practices. Continue reading