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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...

Livestock and Fish team assesses aquaculture opportunities in Bangladesh

In 2013, the Livestock and Fish CGIAR Research Program added Bangladesh as its second aquaculture value chain after Egypt. Fish is the most important food after rice in Bangladesh, in addition Bangladesh is the world’s fifth largest aquaculture producer. A Livestock and Fish program team comprising Stuart Worsley, Jens Peter Tang Dalsgaard and Froukje Kruijssens recently visiting the country to review ways to integrate work across the livestock and fish and aquatic agricultural systems (AAS) research programs. Here, Stuart Worsley shares some lessons and highlights: Big issues relate to fish...

Performance of indigenous sheep breeds managed under community-based breeding programs in Ethiopia

Animal breeding is typically a state-supported activity implemented by large national breeding programs with central data processing, estimation of ‘breeding values’ with complex statistical methods and central decisions about the use of male breeding animals. In developing countries, centralized breeding schemes, entirely managed and controlled by governments – with minimal, if any, participation by farmers – were developed and implemented in many developing countries through a nucleus breeding unit limited to a central station. These centralized schemes were usually run by a governmental...

India smallholder dairy value chain: Trends, status and likely future directions

As part of the initial value chain development process, each of the target value chains supported by the Livestock and Fish program is carrying out a ‘situation analysis.’ The main objective is 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. Each assessment exercise provides an overview of past trends, current status, and likely future directions for the...

Value chain analysis of the Egyptian aquaculture feed industry

The commercial aquaculture feed industry in Egypt is growing at a rapid rate. As a result, the number of fish feed mills has increased from just 5 mills producing about 20,000 t per year in 1999, to over 60 mills with a current production estimate of 800,000–1,000,000 t/year. This study assesses the status of the fish feed sector in Egypt, with an emphasis on: mapping and understanding fish feed value chains, describing the main actors and stakeholders within the chain, assessing value chain performance, identifying major strengths and weakness of the sector, and suggesting appropriate...

Livestock and Fish external evaluation update 1 – planning the CCEE

The Livestock and Fish CGIAR Research Program (CRP) will hold its first CRP-Commissioned External Evaluation (CCEE) this year. To be held in the second quarter of 2014, its focus will be on the program’s value chain approach and whether it is being implemented effectively, efficiently and in a manner that contributes to the overall quality of its science outputs. As the evaluation manager, I will take overall responsibility for ensuring that the CCEE is conducted in a manner consistent with the guidelines of the CGIAR Independent Evaluation Arrangement (IEA). The table below indicates...

Livestock and Fish planning and management committee meets in Penang

Earlier this month WorldFish hosted the 9th Program Planning and Management Committee (PPMC) meeting at their headquarters in Penang. Committee members reviewed a number of pending matters, including: Strengthening our gender agenda: we need to strengthen our human and financial resources for implementing our gender strategy, especially for supporting the gender dimensions of technology development and adoption in our value chains. Each centre will be reallocating resources to address this, and we will be asking the gender team to review their staffing strategy. Our strategy for allocating...

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