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Knowledge clearinghouse gives research methods and best practices on value chain performance

Source: Value Chains Knowledge Clearinghouse Value chain development and assessment is at the heart of the livestock and fish research program. In the past three years, a useful collaboration has been created with the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) to develop, test and refine various tools a and approaches to our value chain work. The CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets has launched a Value Chains Knowledge Clearinghouse to provide a comprehensive and accessible repository of research methods and best practices surrounding value...

Opportunities in the global fish food system

Fish is one of the most important sources of animal protein. It represents a low cost source of high quality protein, fatty acids and micronutrients that are essential for brain development in young children and part of a healthy diet. As the global population increases to 9 billion by 2050, the global demand for fish will also increase. The global fish food system will face considerable challenges including over-fishing, climate change and environmental problems such as pollution and ocean acidification as the need to provide more fish grows. Read the full post on the CGIAR Development...

Livestock and Fish program consultant assignment: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (closing date 28 August 2014)

ILRI Communications:The program seeks to recruit a consultant to conduct a comprehensive and analytical literature review of the understanding, production, measurement and monitoring of International Public Goods (IPGs) with its activities. Full application details Originally posted on ILRI jobs: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to hire a consultant to conduct a comprehensive and analytical literature review of the understanding, production, measurement and monitoring of International Public Goods (IPGs) in a wide range of research and development undertakings....

Research shows more people are drinking milk in Tanzania

ILRI scientists and partners in Tanzania speak out in today’s Tanzania Daily Times explaining that annual per capita milk consumption [in Tanzania] has increased by about 39 per cent from 28 litres to 39 litres. “Available country statistics show that improved cattle are only 3 per cent of the total 19 million but they are growing at 6 per cent. However, milk supply stands are around 1.6 billion litres per year and one of the reasons why the milk drinking culture is returning,” he said. Read the full article that reports on the work of the “More Milk in Tanzania...

Integrating improved feeding practices to enhance reproductive and Fattening performance in community-based sheep breeding programs in Ethiopia

Participants of the Workshop, ILRI Campus, Addis Ababa, July, 23-24, 2014 An in-depth analysis of the Ethiopian Small Ruminant Value Chain identified “feeding” as one of the key intervention areas to mitigate under-performance of sheep and goat production and productivity in the country. The International center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) recently invited livestock breeders, livestock nutritionists and socio-economists from partner research centers to a consultative workshop to discuss ways to modify existing feeding strategies in sheep flocks in the context of the...

Living from milk: Dairy innovation platform experiences from Tanzania

Multi-stakeholder innovation platforms are one of the most important mechanisms employed in the Livestock and Fish program to build alliances and engagement with different research and development partners. They are also important as potential ways to build momentum to test and apply promising technologies and interventions at scale. In recent years the Program in Tanzania – focused on dairy development – has been linking up with different local and national stakeholders. One of the most promising partnerships has been with the Tanga Dairy Platform. To learn from the platform...

Update on Ethiopia small ruminant value chain development program

On 13 and 14 June, partners in the Ethiopia sheep and goats value chain development projects met to develop a strategy and implementation plan for the coming years. Barbara Rischkowsky, ICARDA value chain leader gave an update of progress so far in the value chain development program:   See also a presentation by Annet Mulema on gender in the Ethiopia small ruminant value chain More information on Livestock and Fish program events and workshopsFiled under: Africa, CRP37, East Africa, Ethiopia, Goats, ICARDA, Sheep, Small Ruminants, Value Chains

Is aquaculture pro-poor? Some answers from Bangladesh

Woman showing fish caught from her pond in Khulna, Bangladesh (image: WorldFish) The Livestock and Fish research program works on meat, milk and fish by and for the poor. One of its target countries is Bangladesh where program partner WorldFish leads work contributing to the CGIAR Research Programs on Aquatic Agricultural Systems and Livestock and Fish. A new article by Kazi Ali Toufique from the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies and Ben Belton, a WorldFish scientist, provides proof of the long suspected link between aquaculture and poverty reduction. By analyzing changes in fish...

Egypt aquaculture value chain development: Past trends, current status and likely future directions

As part of the initial value chain development process supported by the Livestock and Fish research program, each of the target value chains carried out a ‘situation analysis’ to assess the conditions within which the target value chains in the selected country operates. It aims to set broader national contexts for rapid and in-depth value chain assessments and analysis at sites or small geographical scales through the subsequent research activities. The situation analysis report for Egypt provides a situational analysis of the aquaculture value chain conducted in 2013/2014. It deals...

Burkina Faso strategic implementation planning workshop collects stakeholder inputs

Small ruminants are a key source of food and nutritional security to the people of Burkina Faso. They are also an important source of economic growth in a country that faces a growing gap between demand and supply of goat and sheep meat. These and other promising opportunities to reinforce smallholder farming in Burkina Faso motivated the decision by the Livestock and Fish CGIAR Research Program to select the country as a focus for its research on small ruminants. Discussion on research priorities in Burkina Faso was initiated at a stakeholder workshop in December 2013. A draft business case...

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