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.
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is underlining its commitment to smallholder pig farmers with the launch of Uganda’s first interactive voice response (IVR) service that will provide information on biosecurity measures for the prevention and control of African swine fever (ASF) and other pig diseases.
In their quest for fairer pork prices, better pork handling and safety and a desire to strengthen disease control measures, in particular for African swine fever, pig farmers of the greater Masaka region of Uganda have begun building a pig abattoir.
The International Livestock Research Institute and partners have supported the training of over 200 livestock vaccinators to double the number of trained vaccinators in Tanzania.
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.
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.
A recent study by scientists from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) analyses the governance structures in Uganda’s smallholder pig value chain to identify inclusive models that could enhance integration and competitiveness of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).