Using theory of change for outcome-oriented research
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Using theory of change for outcome-oriented research

Research plays a key role in identifying challenges as well as opportunities that can be used to spur development in the livestock sector. Therefore, in conducting research one of the core objectives is to ensure it makes significant contribution towards improving livelihoods.
Given that there are many priorities competing for stakeholder attention and scarce resources, research should not only help generate and promote strategies, but also demonstrate how they contribute to sustainable livestock development. Continue reading

Unravelling value chains through participatory modelling: part 3
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Unravelling value chains through participatory modelling: part 3

We have been using the participatory system dynamics modelling technique to map out the pig and paddy value chains in Myeik and Palaw townships in southern Myanmar. Through the involvement of value chain actors in group modelling, it became evident that small-scale pig farmers are in effect ‘price takers’, exerting limited influence on the price of live pigs. 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

National livestock sector policies and planning under a changing global economy
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National livestock sector policies and planning under a changing global economy

The production and demand of livestock derived foods (LDFs) could change substantially in the future in many LMICs following major changes in global economic and climate conditions. A recent report assesses a standard global model’s projections of livestock production and the demand for LDFs in Ethiopia, Niger, Rwanda, Cambodia, Nepal and Burkina Faso in 2050. Continue reading

Strengthening gender capacities for organizational effectiveness
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Strengthening gender capacities for organizational effectiveness

This video highlights some of the results of a three-year initiative (2015-17) by ILRI and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) to strengthen the gender capacities of local partners in Ethiopia. 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

Gendered barriers and opportunities in milk trading in peri-urban Nairobi: Insights from a webinar presentation
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Gendered barriers and opportunities in milk trading in peri-urban Nairobi: Insights from a webinar presentation

The key findings indicate that milk business is more lucrative for men than for women due to gender-based constraints faced by women milk traders. For instance, access to and purchase of milk from producers is mainly favourable to men due to cultural norms that hinder women such as inability to travel to remote areas due to house chores and inappropriate means of transport (mainly motorbikes). Continue reading

Business-to-business forums spur economic growth in northern Kenya
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Business-to-business forums spur economic growth in northern Kenya

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. Continue reading