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.
An analysis of smallholder integration into agri-food markets was carried out by researchers from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and Wageningen University, through a case study of an ongoing smallholder dairy development program in Tanzania, locally referred to as ‘Maziwa Zaidi’.
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.
A newly published article reports that increased workload from dairy intensification, especially in medium-intensity households could negatively impact women’s time use and affect caregiving activities and child nutrition.
A newly published paper discusses the variability of local understanding of ownership based on seven areas related to livestock farming. This variability has significant implications on intra-household roles, decision-making and ultimately food security.
In the November 2014 issue of Rural 21, Isabelle Baltenweck , a senior Agricultural Economist at the International Livestock Ree arch Institute (ILRI) explains why now more than ever, it is important to link small-scale livestock farmers to markets and how this can be done. Baltenweck describes reasons why livestock keepers are weakly linked to markets and presents some approaches that have been followed to strengthen livestock keepers’ access to markets.