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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...

Tanzania Dairy Development Forum partners trained in communications approaches and tools

Left to right: Amos Omore (ILRI), Deo Mlay, Katarina Mungure, Mayasa Simba and Edgar Twine (ILRI) at the communications and knowledge sharing skills development training for the Livestock and Fish Tanzania dairy value chain (photo credit: ILRI/Paul Karaimu). In May, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) hosted a training workshop in Nairobi for communications staff working for the Tanzania Dairy Development Forum (DDF). Here, Katarina Mungure of the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) reflects on the event. The aim of the training was to build and strengthen the...

PhD scholarship opportunities in the Tanzania dairy value chain

Two International Livestock Research Institute – German Academic Exchange Service (ILRI-DAAD) PhD scholarships are available within the ILRI research project on ‘adapting dairy market hubs for pro-poor smallholder value chains in Tanzania.’ 1. Graduate fellowship project title: Development of an on-farm dairy sustainability assessment tool The position: The fellow will be part of ILRI’s Maziwa Zaidi project team in Tanzania, working on smallholder dairy systems and based at the ILRI office in Dar-es-Salaam or Morogoro. S/he will report to the project’s Agricultural Economist...

Consolidation of ICARDA’s presence in Ethiopia creates more opportunities for the Livestock and Fish program

‘Ethiopia is a strategic partner of ICARDA. The Center’s scientists work alongside their Ethiopian counterparts on a wide range of research for development initiatives – including the development and distribution of high-yielding, disease-resistant wheat varieties, and the promotion of integrated crop-livestock production systems. ‘Given this strategic importance, agreements were signed with two important Ethiopian partners – the Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute (EBI) and the Ethiopia Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR).’ The livestock and fish program is working hand in hand with...

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