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Five ‘flagship projects’ to enhance discovery and delivery of Livestock and Fish program’s research

From 24-28 March 2014, people working in or supporting the research themes of the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish met in Kenya to plan out the coming 10 years of the program (including the 2015-2015 ‘extension’ phase). Linking the program’s work on research discovery and delivery and setting out flagship projects were also a key focus of the meeting. A key organizational outcome was broad agreement on five flagship projects instead of the current six research themes. The two new flagships are: ‘systems analysis for sustainability’ comprising the gender, social science, targeting...

Partnership between Livestock and Fish and Wageningen UR focus of recent roundtable meeting

Working group discussion at the roundtable meeting in Wageningen (photo: WUR/Ben Geerlings). ‘We are the same … though we are not the same’ – Livestock and Fish program director Tom Randolph kicked off a partnership roundtable discussion between CGIAR and Wageningen UR scientists, echoing the feeling of many in the room. The spirit, principles, intentions and activities of both sides (the Livestock and Fish program and Wageningen UR) are so similar that it appears almost bizarre that the partnership has not been formalized before. The roundtable (18-19 March 2014)...

Propose an experimental impact evaluation to show evidence on the impact of CGIAR technologies

‘The CGIAR Independent Science and Partnership Council‘s Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA) is soliciting expressions of interest for experimental impact evaluation projects. SPIA invites researchers from academic institutions and from CGIAR Centers/CRPs to submit proposals for impact evaluation projects that are based on an experimental design (randomized design or natural experiments).’ The overall budget available for this call is USD 900,000, 2 to 4 proposals will be awarded. Visit the SPIA website for more details  Filed under: CGIAR, Impact Assessment

Uganda pig value chain actors to benefit from training modules on pig health, feeds, breeds and business development

The implementation of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) funded Smallholder Pig Value Chain Development (SPVCD) project was strengthened when national experts recently met in Kampala to prepare eight training modules on promising project interventions. The writeshop participants worked on modules on pig health,  feeding, breeding and economics (business management, enterprise development and finance). The modules will be used to deliver appropriate training interventions to service provider organizations, farmers and other actors of the value chain in Uganda. Eight...

Livestock Fish Matter(s): Roundup of program highlights, March 2014

This is the second roundup of news from the CGIAR Livestock and Fish research program. The program aims to increase the productivity of small-scale livestock and fish systems in sustainable ways, making meat, milk and fish more available and affordable to poor consumers across the developing world. Download a print version. Program news 2014 CGIAR-US university linkages call for proposals As last year, USAID has provided $US 107,800 to promote linkages between the Livestock and Fish Program and United States universities. Researchers in the four partner centres (ILRI, ICARDA, WorldFish and...

Enhancing dairy based livelihoods in India and Tanzania: Updates from the MilkIT project

Tanzania dairy farmers collect forages The ILRI-led project on ‘enhancing dairy-based livelihoods in India and Tanzania through feed innovation and value chain development approaches’ – commonly known as MilkIT – has been implemented since 2012 with support from the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD). The project aims to contribute to improved dairy-livelihoods in these countries via intensification of smallholder production focusing on enhancement of feeds and feeding using innovation and value chain approaches. Two briefs from the Livestock and Fish research program...

Exploring the sustainability of Vietnamese pig value chains: food safety comes first

A local slaughterhouse worker in Binh Phuoc Province, Vietnam, cools down his pigs with the help of a hose (photo credit: ILRI/Andrew Nguyen). Last week, and close to one year after its launch meeting, the REVALTER project held its first annual meeting in Ba Vi dairy production area on the outskirts of Hanoi, Vietnam. REVALTER is the French acronym for Multi-scale assessment of livestock development pathways in Vietnam. The project involves livestock production systems scientists, livestock economists, anthropologists and geographers from different French and Vietnamese agriculture-for-...

Livestock and Fish animal health theme updates plans to 2022

The Animal Health theme of the Livestock and Fish CGIAR Research Program met last week for a two-day planning meeting at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi campus. This was a preliminary meeting organized in advance of the week long program research planning meeting to be held on 24-28 March in Naivasha, Kenya. Meeting participants updated their overall plans for the coming years and worked on elements of the program’s 2015-2022 Strategic Implementation Plan. Led by ILRI scientist Phil Toye, the Animal Health theme is one of the three technology platforms of the...

Egyptian fish farmers target for aquaculture training videos

A series of high quality aquaculture training videos, designed to teach Egyptian fish farmers the industry’s best management practices, has recently been released. Produced by WorldFish, an international non-profit research organization, the 10 short videos are being used to train local fish farmers in the most effective ways to boost the production and quality of farmed fish. Available in Arabic with English subtitles, the videos cover all aspects of aquaculture from pond preparation and fish health care, to how to transport and handle live fish. These videos are good learning tool for fish...

Competitive beef and dairy project launched in Nicaragua

On 27 February 2014, the Livestock and Fish program team in Nicaragua joined with partners CATIE, Center for Export and Investment Nicaragua (CEI), and Heifer International to launch a new project called ‘competitive beef and dairy through sustainable intensification and specialized market access‘.  The project’s objective is to improve the competitiveness and income of small and medium cattle farmers in Nicaragua through the implementation of good farm management practices and the creation and strengthening of sustainable beef and dairy value chains. The project’s intervention...

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