Nurturing a network of policy analysts in Kenyan agriculture
Agriculture / Capacity strengthening / East Africa / Kenya / Knowledge and Information / LIVESTOCKCRP / PIL / policy / Research

Nurturing a network of policy analysts in Kenyan agriculture

A new initiative in Kenya is seeking to empower scientists to be better translators of their research, with the aim of making agricultural policies and practices more science-based. It is implemented by ILRI in collaboration with Africa’s Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) and the Swedish-funded program Agriculture for Food Security 2030 (AgriFoSe2030). Continue reading

Research helps parents ‘give milk’ to improve nutrition and livelihoods in Rwanda
Agriculture / Capacity strengthening / Dairying / Impact Assessment / Knowledge and Information / Livelihoods / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Nutrition / PIL / policy / Research / Rwanda / Smallholder / Women

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
Africa / Dairying / Livelihoods / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / PIL / policy / Research / Tanzania

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

Assessing Somaliland’s bone and tallow value chains role towards economic growth
Article / East Africa / Impact Assessment / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / PIL / policy / Research / Value Chains

Assessing Somaliland’s bone and tallow value chains role towards economic growth

Both the bone and tallow value chains are short, use low-value inputs, produce relatively low-valued products and are complementary. To better harness their potential contribution to improved economic growth, the study recommends that value addition should be adopted. This can be achieved by slaughtering, processing and exporting chilled carcasses/packaged meat and by investing in the transformation and processing of livestock by-products like hides and skins, and bones, tallow and horns. Continue reading

Business-to-business forums spur economic growth in northern Kenya
East Africa / Kenya / Livelihoods / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Markets / PIL / policy / Project / Value Chains / Vulnerability

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

Celebrating achievements of women in livestock development at the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD@10) event
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Celebrating achievements of women in livestock development at the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD@10) event

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) supports women in livestock development by ensuring that they benefit and are empowered through livestock. It does this by developing the capabilities of women to benefit from livestock production. Capabilities in this sense can range from developing capacities to access and use productivity technologies to developing aspirations for women to run livestock enterprises. This is in line with the institute’s strategic objective of increasing the capacity of ILRI and its key stakeholders to make better use of livestock science and investments for better lives through livestock. To enhance the capacity of its women scientists, ILRI has benefited from the African Women in Agricultural Research and D Continue reading