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Livestock and Fish Program supports dairy value chain collaboration challenges in Kampala

On 8 May 2014 the Livestock and Fish CGIAR Research Program supported the Global Knowledge Initiative’s (GKI) dairy value chain collaboration colloquium in Kampala. The Collaboration Colloquium brought together participants representing research, business, development organizations, and government to share knowledge, build skills, and explore opportunities for partnership. These activities were aimed at addressing challenges offered by seven individuals or “Challengers” working in the dairy value chain: Clayton Arinanye of the Uganda Crane Creameries Cooperative Union; Fred Kabi of...

Livestock and Fish program and GIZ meet to explore partnership

To enable its research achieve more impact at scale, the Livestock and Fish CGIAR Research Program has put great effort in working together with global, regional and local partners. On 12 June 2014, Tom Randolph and Michael Peters, program director and program representative from CIAT respectively, met with  German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ) representatives to explore such partnership possibilities. The meeting held at GIZ offices in Germany aimed to create some action partnerships between the program and the German agency. GIZ is an implementing organization and such a...

Forages project wins 2014 CGIAR-US university linkages proposal through Livestock and Fish program

‘Sustainable intensification of crop-livestock systems through improved forages’ is this year’s CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish and US university linkages winning proposal. The proposal was submitted by Birthe Paul and Rolf Sommer, scientists from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and supported by Claudio Stockle of Washington State University. Other CGIAR collaborators are An Notenbaert and Brigitte Maass, CIAT scientists and Ben Lukuyu and Alan Duncan, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) scientists. The proposals submitted were reviewed by...

Livestock and Fish call for proposals: Strengthening cross-CRP collaboration

The Livestock and Fish CGIAR Research Program is making a call for proposals to encourage collaboration with other CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs). The call targets CRP researchers with innovative ideas for strategic activities that would create synergies contributing to the outputs and outcomes of the Livestock and Fish Program and other CRPs. The purpose of this call is to promote cross-CRP collaboration through initiatives identified at researcher level that clearly contribute to priorities of the Livestock and Fish Program and the collaborating CRP and demonstrate the types of synergies...

A meeting of minds – Livestock and Fish program kicks off collaboration with SNV

Following the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, staff from SNV’s global Dairy and Extensive Livestock Commodity Teams met in Nairobi on 27 May 2014 with scientists from ILRI and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). The meeting aimed to help the various partners map interests and expertise as a basis for further collaboration. The meeting focused around collaboration in dairying and around extensive livestock systems: Dairy Climate smart...

Livestock and Fish 2013 report highlights progress

The Livestock and Fish program’s second annual ‘performance monitoring report‘ provides insights into its progress, results and challenges in the past year. In 2011, the program proposed a new model to enhance the relevance, urgency and impact of its research. The approach is designed to bring together collective capacity with CGIAR and other partners to develop and deliver appropriate integrated solutions for the pro-poor transformation of selected value chains. This is a new way of working for CGIAR centers that requires reorienting capacity, mobilizing new resources and...

Aquculture – Minimizing environmental impacts, encouraging sustainable growth

The world’s appetite for fish is steadily growing. Finfish and shellfish currently make up one-sixth of the animal protein people consume globally. As the global wild fish catch peaked in the 1990s, aquaculture—or fish farming—has grown rapidly to meet world fish demand, more than doubling production between 2000 and 2012. New research shows that aquaculture production will need to more than double again between now and 2050 to meet the demands of a growing population. The question is: Can aquaculture grow sustainably? The World Resources Institute (WRI), WorldFish, the World Bank, INRA, and...

Webinar – improving the productivity and environmental performance of aquaculture

On World Environment Day (June 5), the World Resources Institute (WRI), WorldFish, the World Bank, INRA, and Kasetsart University will release the newest installment of the 2013–14 World Resources Report: Creating a Sustainable Food Future, “Improving Productivity and Environmental Performance of Aquaculture.” This working paper examines the implications of doubling aquaculture production between now and 2050, and offers recommendations to ensure that aquaculture growth contributes to a sustainable food future. On 5 June, the World Resources Institute hosts a presentation and discussion in...

Pig value chains assessment results shared with Uganda local leaders and farmers

The Uganda Smallholder Pig Value Chains Development (SPVCD) project held three feedback workshops in November 2013 to train facilitators and to disseminate results of the value chain assessment conducted in three districts (Kamuli, Masaka and Mukono). The aim of the assessment was to characterize the pig production and marketing systems, identify constraints and opportunities faced by different actors of the value chain, select potential interventions for pilot testing and identify key elements and variables to consider for benchmarking surveys. Participants from VEDCO preparing the materials...

Livestock and Fish external evaluation update 2 – planning the CCEE

Since my first update on the implementation of our first CRP Commissioned External Evaluation (CCEE), we have made significant progress towards implementation. First, the CCEE budget enjoyed an unexpected boost from $US 75,000 to $US 100,000.  The increase in funding is necessary given the scope of the evaluation (four value chains) and the nature of the evaluation questions. The funding increase is also regarded by the program as an investment in the upcoming Independent External Evaluation (IEE) that is scheduled for 2015. Second, the Evaluation Reference Group (ERG) vetted a short list of...

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