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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...

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 research program and United States universities. Researchers in the four partner centres (ILRI, ICARDA, WorldFish and CIAT) are invited to submit proposals for collaborative research with U.S universities. Proposals are due March 31, 2014 and should be submitted by email to Stuart Worsley (s.worsley (at) cgiar.org) and Esther Ndungu (E.Ndung’u (at) cgiar.org). Decisions will be announced by April 30th. In 2013, two proposals were approved for this funding. Sustainable grassland...

Monitoring and evaluating innovation platforms in livestock value chains

Growing local and informal markets in Asia and Africa provide both challenges and opportunities for smallholders. In developing countries, market failures often lead to suboptimal performance of the value chains and limited and inequitable participation of the poor. In recent years, innovation platforms have been promoted as mechanisms to stimulate and support multistakeholder collaboration in the context of research for development. They are recognized as having the potential to link value chain actors, and enhance communication and collaboration to overcome market failures. This paper sets...

Meat atlas – on the meat we consume and its impacts

Is humanity substituting the quality and safety of our meat with quantity? Published in January 2014, the Meat Atlas looks at commercial and small & medium scale meat production in the developed and developing countries and the global effects on livestock farming on livelihoods and individuals. ‘…Contribution to poverty reduction, gender quality and a healthy diet and eating meat does not have to damage the climate and the environment. The report chapters include: ‘A species-poor planet; The genetic basis of livestock is getting ever narrower. We are relying on a few, specialized...

Egyptian aquaculture innovation platform plans for further growth in the sector

Stakeholders from Egypt’s $1.5 billion aquaculture industry will come together in Cairo this week to discuss future development of the sector. Organized by WorldFish, an international research organization, the two-day Innovation Platform meeting, on 19 and 20 February is planned in collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, and supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation under the ‘Improving Employment and Income through Development of Egypt’s Aquaculture Sector (IEIDEAS) project. More on this storyFiled under: Africa, Aquaculture, CRP37,...

Uganda pig value chain partnership with private sector raises sector profile

The Uganda Daily Monitor yesterday published an article on a two-day training organized by the Pig Production and Marketing Ltd Uganda, to chart the way forward on how to develop the pig industry. The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Uganda team including two graduate students and one national partner was among the invitees who also provided training to the pig farmers present at the event held on 14-15 February 2014. Below is an excerpt from the Daily Monitor Christopher Mulindwa at the Production and Marketing Uganda Ltd. training (photo credit: PPM/Christopher Mulindwa). ‘...

Journey starts to an improved vaccine to control East Coast fever

On 27-29 January 2014, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) campus in Kenya hosted discussions on ways to ‘wrestle’ the African cattle disease known as East Coast fever to the ground. Experts from the fields of  East Coast fever research, bovine immunology, parasitology and genomics met to discuss how to develop a new-generation vaccine to protect cattle from this lethal disease. A new ‘subunit’ vaccine could better control this disease that is causing farmers distress and uncertainty in countries of eastern, central and southern Africa where it is now endemic. Opening the...

Worldfish is recruiting a value chain science leader in Bangladesh

WorldFish is a Partner Center of the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish, led by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in collaboration with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA). The Livestock and Fish Program works to sustainably increase the productivity, availability and affordability of meat, milk and fish by and for the poor, and is structured around six Themes: Animal Health, Genetics, Feeds, Value Chains, Targeting Sustainable Intensification, and Gender &...

Assessing resource ownership by women in Ethiopia, Nicaragua, and Tanzania

Ownership is a term often used in research to assess farmer empowerment in agriculture, particularly as it relates to women’s access to resources and their power over the benefits their work generates. However, it is necessary to understand what the term ‘ownership’ implies, especially from women’s point of view, and how the meaning attached to this concept influences food security. For instance, OXFAM report that only 18% of rural women in Nicaragua own land, while the remaining 82% must pay rent on the land they farm. Land ownership and organizations such as farmer...

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