Disease Control / East Africa / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / PIL / Publication / Report

Assessing the uptake and disease impact of Napier grass in Kenya

Napier grass contributes about 40% of the total fodder given to livestock in Kenya, which highlights its importance in livestock production in the country. A study was undertaken to evaluate the performance of two Napier grass varieties in terms of their disease tolerance, to assess the dissemination pattern of the new varieties and to estimate the current status of both smut and stunt diseases. Continue reading

Gender / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / PIL / Report / Value Chains / Women

Integrating gender and value chain analysis in agriculture: a guide for gender practitioners and value chain scientists

A gender-sensitive value chain approach increases visibility of men’s and women’s roles in various nodes and gender specific barriers to entry and opportunities for growth. These barriers influence the level of entry in nodes/value chains and an actor’s capacity to compete with other actors. A guide published by ILRI highlights recommendations for consideration in the design and use of value chain analysis tools Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Gender / Gender news / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / PIL / Report / Women

Increasing access to agricultural extension and advisory services: How effective are new approaches in reaching women farmers in rural areas?

Innovative models focusing on best-fit gender approaches provide opportunities to better tailor extension and advisory services (EAS) to groups with specific priorities and needs. Women, more than men, are exposed to a range of challenges that prevent them from accessing EAS. Continue reading

Gender / Gender news / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / PIL / Report / Women

Integrating gender in livestock projects and programs

Evidence from several African countries suggests that female farmers are as efficient as male farmers, but are less productive because they are denied equal access to productive inputs and human capital. If their access to these inputs were at par with men’s access, total agricultural output in these countries could increase by up to 30% … Continue reading

Gender / Gender news / PIL / Report / Women

Closing the gender gap in agriculture: A trainer’s manual

While women are the primary agricultural labour force throughout the world, the analysis and incorporation of gender issues is rarely included in agricultural development work. To close this ‘gender gap’ ILRI Program Leader Kathleen E. Colverson has produced this manual to help people increase awareness of gender issues related to agricultural production systems. The manual … Continue reading

Agriculture / Gender / ILRI / Launch / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Report / Women

Global food policy report calls for efforts to build evidence base on gender in agriculture

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) launched its 2012 Global Food Policy Report on 14 March 2013. This flagship report examines the major food policy developments during 2012 and covers various issues relating to global agricultural productivity, sustainable rural development and food security. The report features a chapter on women in agriculture titled “Closing … Continue reading

Africa / Climate Change / Crop-Livestock / Event / Livestock / PIL / Report / Women

Gender to be incorporated into climate-resilient crop-livestock systems

Climate change is a serious threat to sustainable development. It affects and impacts various regions, generations, gender and other classifications differently. Men and women face different climate change impacts because they perform different tasks, have different access to and control over assets and have different sets of knowledge and skills based on their distinct roles … Continue reading