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Smallholder farmers’ preferences for artificial insemination services through dairy hubs

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. Continue reading

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Value chain upgrading and inclusion of smallholders in markets: Role of multistakeholder processes in dairy development in Tanzania

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’. Continue reading

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ILRI and ReSAKSS-ECA train African researchers in influencing agricultural policies

Recently, a one-day policy workshop by ILRI and partners trained 18 postdoc researchers (including eight women) from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe on how research evidence can be used to influence agricultural policies in relation to the social and economic dimensions of smallholder farming. Continue reading

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New guide outlines options for integrating gender equity and social inclusion in low-emissions dairy production interventions

A recently published research report highlights that in order to appropriately address gender and socially inclusive development in the Kenyan dairy sector, any intervention must take into consideration the substantive cultural gender issues that are at play at both the household and producer organization levels. Continue reading

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New papers explore gender-inclusive climate adaptation strategies

Articles featured in a special edition of the journal of Gender, Technology and Development demonstrate that providing women with engagement opportunities and adaptation resources will greatly reduce the variance in agricultural productivity between men and women, which currently range from four to 25 percent globally. Continue reading

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How can women empowerment through livestock value chains enhance maternal and child nutrition in Northern Kenya?

At last week’s National Food and Nutrition Symposium held at the Kenya School of Government, Jennifer Adere, a Nutrition Specialist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) presented a background study that sought to understand the pathways through which livestock influence women’s empowerment and maternal and child nutrition. Continue reading

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Expanding distribution, increasing reach: More East Coast Fever vaccine distributors in Tanzania now accredited

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 … Continue reading