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Smallholder farmers’ perceptions of adopting improved diets for pigs in Uganda

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. Continue reading

East Africa / Ethiopia / Gender / Gender news / Livelihoods / LIVESTOCKCRP / 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

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Governance and investment opportunities in Uganda’s pig value chains

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). Continue reading

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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

Agriculture / Capacity strengthening / Central Africa / East Africa / Gender / ILRI / Kenya / PIL / PIM / Research

ILRI and ReSAKSS-ECA train African researchers in influencing agricultural policies

Recently, a one-day policy workshop by ILRI and partners trained 18 postdoc researchers (including eight women) from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe on how research evidence can be used to influence agricultural policies in relation to the social and economic dimensions of smallholder farming. Continue reading

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New guide outlines options for integrating gender equity and social inclusion in low-emissions dairy production interventions

A recently published research report highlights that in order to appropriately address gender and socially inclusive development in the Kenyan dairy sector, any intervention must take into consideration the substantive cultural gender issues that are at play at both the household and producer organization levels. Continue reading

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How can women empowerment through livestock value chains enhance maternal and child nutrition in Northern Kenya?

At last week’s National Food and Nutrition Symposium held at the Kenya School of Government, Jennifer Adere, a Nutrition Specialist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) presented a background study that sought to understand the pathways through which livestock influence women’s empowerment and maternal and child nutrition. Continue reading