Livestock production employs more than 1.3 billion people and livestock keeping is a mainstay of the livelihoods of some 600 million poor farmers in the developing world. Increasing demand for meat, milk and eggs in poor countries, particularly in India, China and other emerging economies, is driving economic growth. Making smallholder dairy production more competitive …
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …