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New multi-stakeholder platform addresses constraints in Uganda’s pig value chains

A group session at a Uganda pig value chain multi-stakeholder platform meeting in Masaka (photo credit SNV/Joseph Semujju). The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the SNV Netherlands Development Organisation recently launched a first-ever pig value chain multi-stakeholder platform (MSP) in Uganda. Started in August 2014, the multi-stakeholder platform is one of the strategies that will be used by the Smallholder Pig Value Chain Development (SPVCD) project to improve the effectiveness of pig value chains in Uganda. The pig value chain multi-stakeholder platform is an...

Update on India smallholder dairy value chain development program

On 27 and 28 August, ILRI staff working in the India smallholder dairy value chain development project met to develop a strategy and implementation plan for the coming years. Vamsidhar Reddy, ILRI value chain leader gave an update of progress so far in the value chain development program:   He also gave an overview of the recent situation analysis report on dairy development in Assam and Bihar states. See also the report from the stakeholder consultation also held in August More information on Livestock and Fish program events and workshopsFiled under: Asia, Cattle, CRP37, Dairying,...

Participatory research for development to upgrade smallholder pig value chains in Uganda

Little has been documented about how smallholder pig value chains operate in Uganda, except that pork production and consumption have exploded over the past three decades and 70% of the pigs are in the hands of smallholder farmers, many of them women. Who are the actors in the current system? What are input and output channels? Who benefits and who bears economic health risks? Which problems do the various actors face, how do they deal with them and can these problems provide opportunities? This poster (for Tropentag 2014 conference) introduces the Livestock and Fish program’s work to...

Ugandan pig disease researcher, Joyce Akol, receives bioinformatics training

Joyce Akol, a molecular biology MSc student with Makerere University and ILRI (photo credit: ILRI). Joyce Akol, a molecular biology MSc student with Makerere University and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), recently participated in a two-week training organized by the Biosciences east and central Africa-ILRI (BecA-ILRI) Hub. Akol, who works with the Smallholder Pig Value Chain Development (SPVCD) project in Uganda under the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish, was trained in advanced bioinformatics in Nairobi from 18-29 Aug 2014. The training aims at...

External evaluators assess smallholder pig value chain projects in Uganda

Doyle Baker (with cap), an external evaluator commissioned by the Livestock and Fish Program, with Eve Luvumu and farmers in Uganda (photo credit: ILRI/Brian Kawuma). An external evaluation team recently assessed the Smallholder Pig Value Chain Project activities in Uganda. The evaluation sought to review the effectiveness of the program in developing, supporting and implementing the value chain approach at its research for development (R4D) sites and to assess the relevance and efficiency of the program’s value chain approach with a focus on quality of science. During the week-long (23-30...

Nicaragua’s dual-purpose cattle value chain: Strategy and implementation planning workshop

On August 5 and 6, 2014, the Livestock and Fish team conducted a Livestock and Fish Strategy and Implementation Planning Workshop for the Dual-Purpose Cattle Value Chain (DPVC) in Managua, Nicaragua. The purpose of this workshop was to generate an exchange with local partners to track ongoing efforts in the value chain development work in Nicaragua, as well as planning upcoming research and implementation work from 2015 onward. Participants included local universities, farmer and women’s groups, cooperatives, private sector, and research and development partners. The Strategy and...

Capacity development: facilitating the leap from individual learning to sustainable livelihood outcomes

Capacity development supported by CGIAR can help agriculturalists in developing countries discover and develop their own expertise and confidence. But it is through capacity development interventions in, and by, whole communities and (local) organizations in these countries that most potently translate actions into meaningful reductions in poverty, food insecurity and environmental degradation. The CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish is leading a major initiative to consolidate research and development efforts for a pro-poor transformation of smallholder value chains. The idea is to...

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....

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