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.
What role do women in rural settings play in resolving potential conflicts around the use and benefits of land and water? A newly published study highlights the role of women in fostering constructive dialogue about water use among different beneficiaries.
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.
At last week’s National Food and Nutrition Symposium held at the Kenya School of Government, Jennifer Adere, a Nutrition Specialist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) presented a background study that sought to understand the pathways through which livestock influence women’s empowerment and maternal and child nutrition.
Itumeleng Mafatshe is an MSc. Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security student at the National University of Ireland Galway. She has recently joined the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) as a graduate fellow for three months under two programs: Livelihoods, Gender and Impact (LGI) and the Livestock Systems and Environment (LSE). Mafatshe has a background …