Cambodia’s Safe Food, Fair Food project addresses major food safety issues
A4NH / AHH / Animal Health / Article / Cambodia / Food Safety / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Nutrition / PIL / policy / Research / Southeast Asia

Cambodia’s Safe Food, Fair Food project addresses major food safety issues

A research project in Cambodia is evaluating the economic burden of food-borne diseases in animal-source food value chains that are important to the poor, and it is piloting a market-based approach to improving food safety that builds on projects successfully implemented by ILRI in Africa and Asia Continue reading

Unravelling value chains through participatory modelling: part 2
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Unravelling value chains through participatory modelling: part 2

The MINI project is investigating how to increase the availability of fruits and vegetables in nutritionally vulnerable markets in Bihar, India. The barriers to this goal are numerous, ranging from the inferior prices offered to farmers in smaller markets, to the typically weaker purchasing power of rural consumers. Continue reading

Unravelling value chains through participatory modelling
Article / Bangladesh / East Africa / Ethiopia / India / Innovation Systems / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / PIL / Research / Southeast Asia / Value Chains

Unravelling value chains through participatory modelling

Recently, ILRI and partners have implemented participatory processes in the construction of SD models. Such techniques (termed “group model building” or “mediated modelling”) involve the careful organization of several focus group sessions with 10-15 value chain stakeholders. The participants articulate value chain problems, structure, and data that are then used to parametrize working models from which scenarios can be jointly developed and discussed. Continue reading

Enhancing awareness of equity issues in the Malawian veterinary medicine sector
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Enhancing awareness of equity issues in the Malawian veterinary medicine sector

Recently, ILRI researchers from the Policies, Institutions and Livelihoods (PIL) Program and the collaborative CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) developed and implemented a two-day training curriculum on equity and gender for the finalists from the first veterinary class at Malawi’s Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Continue reading

Assessing Somaliland’s bone and tallow value chains role towards economic growth
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Assessing Somaliland’s bone and tallow value chains role towards economic growth

Both the bone and tallow value chains are short, use low-value inputs, produce relatively low-valued products and are complementary. To better harness their potential contribution to improved economic growth, the study recommends that value addition should be adopted. This can be achieved by slaughtering, processing and exporting chilled carcasses/packaged meat and by investing in the transformation and processing of livestock by-products like hides and skins, and bones, tallow and horns. Continue reading

The right tools for the job: enabling breeding programs to be gender-responsive
Article / Capacity strengthening / Gender / Livelihoods / PIL / Research / Women

The right tools for the job: enabling breeding programs to be gender-responsive

The CGIAR Gender and Breeding Initiative (GBI) envisions the development of a comprehensive toolbox aimed at the analysis and incorporation of gender perspectives from the very beginning of a breeding program, right through to implementation and impact assessment. Continue reading

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