Role of trust and collaborative networks in developing smallholder farmers’ agribusiness capacities
Agriculture / Article / Capacity strengthening / Central America / Gender / Impact Assessment / Innovation Systems / LIVESTOCKCRP / Nicaragua / PIL / Research / Smallholder / Value Chains

Role of trust and collaborative networks in developing smallholder farmers’ agribusiness capacities

A recent study in Nicaragua shows that despite the growing popularity of learning alliances, it is difficult to quantify whether they increase the capacity of partners compared to other networks with similar goals. Researchers from ILRI and the Georg-August-Universitåt in Germany evaluated the business relationship constructs of trust and capacity development in the Nicaraguan Learning Alliance. Continue reading

Improved cattle feeding holds the key to dairy sector growth in Nicaragua
Article / Capacity strengthening / Central America / Dairying / Livelihoods / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Markets / Nicaragua / PIL / policy / Research / Smallholder / Value Chains

Improved cattle feeding holds the key to dairy sector growth in Nicaragua

Dairy is an important contributor to the nation’s economy in Nicaragua. Cattle production accounts for 45% of the national agricultural Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 32% of exports by value. An improved cattle feeding system is a profitable investment that can increase cow milk yields in the country. Continue reading

Empowering researchers to undertake gender responsive agricultural research in Ethiopia
Article / Capacity strengthening / East Africa / Ethiopia / Gender / Gender news / Impact Assessment / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / PIL / Research / Women

Empowering researchers to undertake gender responsive agricultural research in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research organized a seven-day staff training workshop in August 2018 which focused on addressing the identified gender capacity needs among researchers and top management. A total of 24 gender focal persons were trained. Continue reading

Leveraging higher demand for livestock-derived foods to meet nutritional needs of the world’s poor
Africa / Agriculture / Capacity strengthening / Crop-Livestock / Gender / Impact Assessment / Kenya / Knowledge and Information / Livelihoods / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Nutrition / PIL / policy / Research / Smallholder / Vulnerability / Women

Leveraging higher demand for livestock-derived foods to meet nutritional needs of the world’s poor

A recent study of the ‘Contributions of livestock-derived foods to nutrient supply under changing demand in low- and middle-income countries’ shows that demand for livestock-derived foods will grow substantially to year 2050 in eight countries that are currently facing food security and nutrient supply challenges. Continue reading

ILRI data analyst wins award for presentation on new procedure for mapping livestock keeping patterns
Award / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Impact Assessment / Innovation Systems / Livelihoods / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / PIL / Research

ILRI data analyst wins award for presentation on new procedure for mapping livestock keeping patterns

Stephen Oloo, a spatial data analyst with the Policies, Institutions and Livelihoods program at the Nairobi headquarters of the International Livestock Research institute (ILRI), has won the ‘best student presentation’ award at a ‘Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial’ conference (FOSS4G) held in Dar es Salaam 28 Aug–3 Sep 2018. Continue reading

Africa / ILRI / Intensification / Livelihoods / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Markets / PIL / policy / Research / Smallholder

Trade-offs in sustainable intensification of smallholder livestock systems: Balancing benefits for farmers and stakeholders

According to the study, the attainment of a common ground is realized by recognizing the diverging views of stakeholders and the basics of decision-making in complex systems. This way of thinking ought to be a part of everyday practice. Continue reading

AHH / Animal Health / Article / Disease Control / East Africa / Launch / Livelihoods / Livestock / PIL / PIM / Research / Uganda / Zoonotic Diseases

ILRI launches mobile phone-based interactive voice advisory service for pig farmers in Uganda

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is underlining its commitment to smallholder pig farmers with the launch of Uganda’s first interactive voice response (IVR) service that will provide information on biosecurity measures for the prevention and control of African swine fever (ASF) and other pig diseases. Continue reading