Research topic in Frontiers to consolidate findings on delivery of livestock inputs and services in low- and middle-income countries
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Research topic in Frontiers to consolidate findings on delivery of livestock inputs and services in low- and middle-income countries

A Research Topic in Frontiers has started to facilitate research and stimulate discussion on access to affordable and quality inputs and services in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Continue reading

Addressing Uganda’s pig value chain constraints, the PigSmart way
Capacity strengthening / East Africa / Gender / Innovation Systems / Livelihoods / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Markets / PIL / Project / Research / Uganda / Value Chains

Addressing Uganda’s pig value chain constraints, the PigSmart way

The ILRI-led MorePORK II project focuses on developing the capacity of value chain actors in best-bet interventions through an information and communications and technology (ICT) platform known as PigSmart. Continue reading

‘Livestock master plan’ launched to transform meat, milk and poultry production in The Gambia
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‘Livestock master plan’ launched to transform meat, milk and poultry production in The Gambia

During a first meeting to launch The Gambia’s Livestock Master Plan, Karl Rich, principal scientist in the Policies, Institutions, and Livelihoods Program of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and Njie Mamud, program director of SRPEP, both pointed to an increasing demand for animal-source foods (milk, meat and eggs) locally and internationally that The Gambia was as yet unable to supply due to challenges in the country’s livestock production and feed systems, fragmentation of its livestock value chains and poor infrastructure. Rich argued that by working with many diverse stakeholders to implement its new livestock master plan, The Gambia will be able to help its smallholder farmers transform their largely subsistence livestock systems into a profitable and thriving livestock sector. Continue reading

India’s Odisha state starts work on a livestock master plan
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India’s Odisha state starts work on a livestock master plan

The Indian state of Odisha has officially rolled-out the process of designing a ‘livestock master plan’ (LMP) with the support of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). The Odisha LMP is expected to attract substantial and better targeted livestock sector investments from finance ministries, development partners, and private sector investors. Continue reading

How in-kind performance support system is increasing access to high-quality milk in Rwanda
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How in-kind performance support system is increasing access to high-quality milk in Rwanda

Since 2017, as part of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and RTI International, the University of Rwanda, and TechnoServe have been implementing a research project that is enhancing the quality and consumption of milk to improve the income and nutrition in Rwanda. TechnoServe’s work focuses … Continue reading

Unravelling value chains through participatory modelling: part 3
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Unravelling value chains through participatory modelling: part 3

We have been using the participatory system dynamics modelling technique to map out the pig and paddy value chains in Myeik and Palaw townships in southern Myanmar. Through the involvement of value chain actors in group modelling, it became evident that small-scale pig farmers are in effect ‘price takers’, exerting limited influence on the price of live pigs. Continue reading

Business-to-business forums spur economic growth in northern Kenya
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Business-to-business forums spur economic growth in northern Kenya

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) has been partnering and collaborating with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (EATIH) under the Partnership for Resilience and Economic Growth (PREG) to hold livestock trade facilitation (business-to-business) forums in five Kenyan counties. This initiative has been implemented in Nairobi, Marsabit, Wajir and Isiolo counties to promote more efficient trade between livestock buyers, sellers and producers. Continue reading

Improved cattle feeding holds the key to dairy sector growth in Nicaragua
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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

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Trade-offs in sustainable intensification of smallholder livestock systems: Balancing benefits for farmers and stakeholders

According to the study, the attainment of a common ground is realized by recognizing the diverging views of stakeholders and the basics of decision-making in complex systems. This way of thinking ought to be a part of everyday practice. Continue reading