Africa / East Africa / Ethiopia / Gender / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Livelihoods / PIL / WLE

Stakeholder involvement, knowledge, and gender norms key for effective rainwater management

A three-year Nile Basin Development Challenge Program running from 2010-2013 piloted an integrated RWM approach that combined technologies/practices, policies and institutions and involved multiple stakeholders. Researchers from ILRI conducted a study to establish the effect of this integrated RWM approach on stakeholders’ knowledge, attitudes, skills and practices. Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Article / Dairying / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Livelihoods / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / PIL / Research / Value Chains

Smallholder farmers’ preferences for artificial insemination services through dairy hubs

Despite the observed decline in the demand for artificial insemination (AI) services in recent years, farmers are willing to use AI if the quality of the services is improved to match their preferences. Continue reading

Africa / Animal Health / Disease Control / East Africa / LIVESTOCK-FISH / PIL / Project / Tanzania / Vaccines

Expanding distribution, increasing reach: More East Coast Fever vaccine distributors in Tanzania now accredited

Tanzania has been reported to have the third largest livestock population on the African continent comprising 25 million cattle. However, cattle keepers in the country face several challenges that impede their productivity, most notably diseases. As such, access to effective methods of preventing, controlling and/or treating cattle diseases is key. East Coast Fever (ECF) is … Continue reading

Africa / ILRI / PIL / PIM / Southern Africa / Swaziland / Value Chains

Call for abstracts: International conference on livestock value chain finance and access to credit

In February 2017, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the Swaziland Water and Agricultural Development Enterprise (SWADE) and the Micro Finance Unit, Swaziland (MFU) are organizing an international conference on livestock value chain finance and access to credit. Continue reading

AGRF session on transforming dairy value chains in Africa: Pathways to prosperity
Africa / Animal Health / Dairying / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Markets / PIL / Vaccines / Value Chains

AGRF session on transforming dairy value chains in Africa: Pathways to prosperity

On 8 September 2016, the International Livestock Research Institute and partners hold a working session at the 2016 African Green Revolution Forum on transforming dairy value chains in Africa: Pathways to prosperity. Continue reading

Africa / Dairying / East Africa / Kenya / PIL / Project / Value Chains

Easing bottlenecks to uptake of dairy farming in western Kenya

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
The western region of Kenya is not a traditional dairy production area, albeit having substantial resources that can support dairying. The region has, in the past, been left out of most dairy development initiatives in the country and its potential to contribute to the dairy sector, which accounts for 8% of Kenya’s GDP,…

Africa / Dairying / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Knowledge and Information / LIVESTOCK-FISH / PIL / Research / Tanzania / Uganda / Value Chains

Profiling East Africa dairy project farmers – what the survey says

This report provides summary information of the farmers participating in the EADD longitudinal survey. The analysis is drawn from data gathered during the farmer recruitment survey. Section 2 of the report provides a brief on the survey methodology, while sections 3 and 4 provide regional and country specific summary statistics. Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Climate Change / Gender / ILRI / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / PIL / Presentation / Women

International Women’s Day 2016: What issues are central to agricultural development for women?

Empowering rural women, especially in Africa, is vital to enabling poor and vulnerable people to improve their livelihoods, increase their household incomes, overcome poverty and build resilience to impacts of climate change. Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Event / Gender / Gender news / ILRI / PIL / Women

Hard numbers and soft stories: Reaching policymakers and empowering women in Africa’s agrifood value chains

To achieve more gender-equitable goals, our development partners also need to be aware of how undertaking gender-sensitive actions could lead to a more equitable society. Policymakers are key partners in this process as they can orient government programs and donor projects towards more gender-equitable objectives. Yet, how can we make sure that policymakers become interested gender-equity and recognize its importance? Continue reading

Africa / East Africa / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Intensification / Kenya / PIL / Research

Farming system patterns: Cluster analysis from a Humidtropics baseline survey in Western Kenya

At this week’s international conference on Integrated Systems Research for Sustainable Intensification in Smallholder Agriculture, Randall Ritzema presented a poster on behalf of colleagues about farming system patterns – a cluster analysis from the Humidtropics baseline survey in Western Kenya. Continue reading