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

Power through: a new concept in the women empowerment discourse
Agriculture / Capacity strengthening / Gender / Kenya / Livelihoods / LIVESTOCKCRP / PIL / Publication / Research / Tanzania / Women

Power through: a new concept in the women empowerment discourse

The paper ‘Power through: A new concept in the empowerment discourse’ by Alessandra Galiè, a senior gender scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and Cathy Rozel Farnworth, an independent researcher, offers a new perspective on the role of ‘power through’ in women’s empowerment. Continue reading

Unravelling value chains through participatory modelling: part 2
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Unravelling value chains through participatory modelling: part 2

The MINI project is investigating how to increase the availability of fruits and vegetables in nutritionally vulnerable markets in Bihar, India. The barriers to this goal are numerous, ranging from the inferior prices offered to farmers in smaller markets, to the typically weaker purchasing power of rural consumers. Continue reading

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

Enhancing awareness of equity issues in the Malawian veterinary medicine sector
A4NH / Animal Health / Article / Capacity strengthening / Gender / Knowledge and Information / Livelihoods / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / PIL / policy / Research / Southern Africa / Women

Enhancing awareness of equity issues in the Malawian veterinary medicine sector

Recently, ILRI researchers from the Policies, Institutions and Livelihoods (PIL) Program and the collaborative CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) developed and implemented a two-day training curriculum on equity and gender for the finalists from the first veterinary class at Malawi’s Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Continue reading

Gendered barriers and opportunities in milk trading in peri-urban Nairobi: Insights from a webinar presentation
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Gendered barriers and opportunities in milk trading in peri-urban Nairobi: Insights from a webinar presentation

The key findings indicate that milk business is more lucrative for men than for women due to gender-based constraints faced by women milk traders. For instance, access to and purchase of milk from producers is mainly favourable to men due to cultural norms that hinder women such as inability to travel to remote areas due to house chores and inappropriate means of transport (mainly motorbikes). Continue reading