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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...

Bangladesh aquaculture value chain development: Trends, 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 Bangladesh situational analysis that provides an assessment of past trends, current status, and likely future directions for the...

Update on “Maziwa Zaidi” — Tanzania dairy value chain development program

On 25 and 26 June, partners in the Tanzania dairy value chain development projects met to develop a strategy and implementation plan for the coming years. Amos Omore, ILRI 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, Cattle, CRP37, Dairying, East Africa, ILRI, Southern Africa, Tanzania, Value Chains

Uganda smallholder pig value chain actors form association

‘Pig farmers in Uganda have decided to form a mutually-aided association for better marketing of their products and as a forum for sharing ideas. ‘A steering committee chaired by former executive director of Uganda Investment Authority, Maggie Kigozi, was elected by farmers during a pig farmers’ training, which took place from July 11 to 12, to kick-start the eventual formation of the Uganda Pig Farmers Association (UPFA). The training, second to be held this year after one held in February, was organized by the Pig Production and Marketing Uganda Ltd (PPM). Christopher Mulindwa, PPM...

Moving forward on competitive beef and dairy in Nicaragua

The Central America team of the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish started out this year with the launch of the project ‘Competitive beef and dairy through sustainable intensification and specialized market access in Nicaragua‘, with the objective of improving 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. Rein Van der Hoek being interviewed by journalists (photo credit: CIAT/Shadi Azadegan). To begin...

Gender flagship achievements in the Ethiopia small ruminants value chain

At the Ethiopia small ruminants value chain strategy and implementation planning workshop held on 13-14 June 2014 at the ILRI Addis Ababa campus, the gender flagship theme of the Livestock and Fish CGIAR Research Program reviewed the past year’s achievements and future plans. The theme conducted three gender strategic studies. The first study, a cross country study on resource ownership carried out in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Nicaragua established that ownership is associated with resource acquisition, decision-making, benefiting from resource and responsibility. The second study looked...

Livestock and Fish external evaluation update 3 – CCEE field visit schedule

The Livestock and Fish CRP Commissioned External Evaluation (CCEE) team has finalized the dates for their field work in each of the targeted value chains. The finalized schedule has now been agreed upon by all stakeholders and available in the below table. Location Time frame Activity Person in charge Kenya 11-15 Aug present and revise inception report; key informant interviews; meetings with evaluation support team Doyle Baker – lead evaluator Ethiopia 16-23 Aug start up meeting; review small ruminants value chain Doyle Baker, Ander Speedy – support evaluator Uganda 23-...

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...

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