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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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.