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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

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

Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Goats / ILRI / Impact Assessment / Intensification / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / PIL / Small Ruminants / Southern Africa / Tanzania

What was the impact of dairy goats distributed by the crop-goat project in Tanzania?

This poster, produced for the Tropentag 2016 conference, highlights findings from an evaluation of the impacts of introducing dairy goats on income, assets and food consumption in Morogoro region. Continue reading

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Leveraging behaviour change communication to improve nutrition in Kenya

To address the totality of nutrition (including equal distribution and uptake of nutritional foods) and encourage sustainable practices and consumption patterns, AVCD dairy is implementing behavior change communication strategies to the nutritional status of women and children in Kenya. 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

Dairying / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Markets / PIL / Uganda

East African dairy farmers using mobile phones to record yields

Smallholder dairy farmers participating in Kenya and Uganda are set to benefit from an innovative and interactive mobile-based system allowing them to effectively record farm events and gain access to productivity-enhancing information and services. Continue reading