The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) has been partnering and collaborating with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (EATIH) under the Partnership for Resilience and Economic Growth (PREG) to hold livestock trade facilitation (business-to-business) forums in five Kenyan counties. This initiative has been implemented in Nairobi, Marsabit, Wajir and Isiolo counties to promote more efficient trade between livestock buyers, sellers and producers.
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 …
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.
Originally posted on ILRI Asia:
According to a report undertaken by the International Livestock Research Institute report on ‘commercializing the smallholder goat sector in India’, there is huge potential to enhance the livelihoods of and business opportunities for poor farmers in the rural areas of the states of Bihar, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh. Key recommendations…
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,…
In the East Africa Dairy Development (EADD), a regional project that is helping farmers boost milk and dairy production in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, smallholder dairy farmers who are part of the project’s dairy hubs are set to benefit from an innovative and interactive mobile-based system that allows them to effectively record farm events and have access to information and services that help them enhance the productivity of their livestock.
A team of gender scientists from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in collaboration with the CGIAR research program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health and Emory University, are undertaking a survey in Tanzania that assesses the empowerment status of women livestock keepers involved in the Maziwa Zaidi project and the relation between the empowerment of these women and the nutritional status of their household members.
Under the REVALTER project, ILRI is working, with partners, to improve livestock development in Vietnam, specifically in the pig value chain. Four studies were carried out in Thong Nhat District, Dong Nai Province in Vietnam to analyse the pig value chain, linkage between actors, market access and the economic efficiency of the concentrated pig production model, with a view of proposing improvement strategies. The studies reveal that even though the livestock industry in the district faces many difficulties, pig production is more profitable and developed than cattle and poultry.
An article published this month (5 Aug 2014) in The Guardian’s farming and food security hub describes how the East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) project has successfully worked with volunteer farmer trainers to improve milk production in East Africa.
Sustainability of the projects and interventions under the EADD program has been of fundamental importance, with the goals of program’s second phase focusing on among others, increasing the performance and sustainability of hubs in each of the program countries.