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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...

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...

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