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Improving the working conditions of women fish retailers in Egypt

Women fish retailers in Shakshouk Egypt (Photo: WorldFish/Jens Peter Tang Dalsgaard) Women fish retailers in rural Egypt operate under difficult conditions that make the job one of last resort. A WorldFish and CARE project is testing approaches that can improve their employment conditions with the aim of maintaining, and potentially expanding, current employment levels and increasing earnings. Egyptian aquaculture has grown over the last 20 years and is now a strategically important industry providing around 65% of the fish eaten by Egyptians and employing at least 100,000 full-time...

Gender mainstreaming in the Nicaraguan dual-purpose cattle value chain

On 21 and 22 January 2014 the Livestock and Fish program conducted a gender workshop in Managua, Nicaragua to share methodologies and approaches to incorporate gender in the program’s work in the dual purpose cattle value chain in Nicaragua. The workshop was an opportunity for current and potential partners to reflect on basic concepts and perceptions regarding gender equity, from both personal and organizational perspectives, taking into consideration gender statistics and opportunity gaps between men and women in the Nicaraguan livestock sector. It also provided participants with new...

Launch of new innovation platform set to boost growth of Egyptian aquaculture

‘On 12 January 2014, WorldFish launched a new innovation platform to help plan for future growth of the highly successful Egyptian aquaculture sector. Egypt is the largest producer of farmed fish in Africa and the Middle East. Annual production in Egypt is estimated at one million tonnes per year, the equivalent of one fish per person per week for 85 million Egyptians. The innovation platform was developed by WorldFish, in collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation and supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), as part of the...

Experimenting with forage hybrids to improve mixed crop-livestock systems in Nicaragua

As part of the BMZ financed project ‘climate-smart crop-livestock systems for smallholders in the tropics: Integration of new forage hybrids to intensify agriculture and to mitigate climate change through regulation of nitrification in soil’, the Livestock and Fish program team has been working alongside farmers in rural communities of Nicaragua to improve productivity and mitigate the effects of climate change through the efficient use of nitrogen in soil and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in mixed crop-livestock systems. Through this project we are applying the innovative...

Livestock and Fish program participates in ASARECA general assembly

At the recently concluded 2nd ASARECA General Assembly held from 9-13 Dec 2013 in Burund, a combined booth for the CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) facilitated by the Livestock and Fish CGIAR Research Program showcased various research products from the CRPs. The exhibit showcased the Livestock and Fish research work with a special focus of the value chain activities in Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia and Egypt. Partnership is an important component of the program whose aim is to achieve impact at scale through working with local and development partners. The exhibit promoted the programs research...

Facilitating the Livestock and Fish monitoring and evaluation meeting – lessons

Graphic outline of the meeting sessions that will lead to an operational Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning framework for the program, 27 November 2013 (photo credit: ILRI/Jo Cadilhon). The CGIAR research program on Livestock and Fish held a Monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) planning meeting last week in Limuru, close to Nairobi, Kenya. The MEL team of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) had invited colleagues involved in Livestock and Fish (L&F) from ILRI and from other CGIAR partner centres. The main objective of the meeting was to collect feedback from...

Tools for feed resources assessment and feed technology prioritization focus of ILRI–ICRISAT training

Feed availability is a critical constraint in livestock systems. If feed is not available, animals become unproductive or die, and smallholder livelihoods are threatened. Determining the most appropriate interventions needs to mobilize biological, socio-economic and market expertise to match local needs and demands to produce ‘best-fit’ technical interventions. The Feed Resources Assessment (FEAST) and the Feed Technology Prioritization (Techfit) tools have been created precisely to guide feed decisions and interventions. Participants at the FEAST/Techfit training in Hyderabad From 27–30...

Livestock and Fish program planning and management committee to meet in Tanzania

Preparations are underway for the 8th Program Planning and Management Committee (PPMC) and the 3rd Science and Partnership Advisory Committee (SPAC) meetings to be held in Tanzania, 10-12 December 2013. With Tanzania as one the Livestock and Fish value chain countries, various project summaries have been prepared for the PPMC and SPAC members to understand the nature of the program’s work in Tanzania. Some of the projects contributing to this value chain include: What is killing my cow? Re-assessing diseases in smallholder dairying in Tanzania (May 2013 – April 2014) The project...

Linking dual-purpose livestock farmers in Nicaragua to specialized markets

As a result of the collaboration between the Livestock and Fish program, CATIE, and Heifer International with Solidaridad Network’s Farmer Support Program, the project “competitive beef and dairy through sustainable intensification and specialized market access” will be implemented in the Nicaraguan departments of Matagalpa, RAAS, and Boaco. 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...

Egyptian aquaculture thrives during political turmoil

Despite the recent political unrest that has affected much of the country, Egyptian aquaculture is a great success story. Production reached almost one million tons in 2011, representing an average consumption of about one fish per person per week. A recent report for the project “Improving Employment and Income through the Development of Egypt’s Aquaculture Sector“ (IEIDEAS), implemented by WorldFish and CARE and funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), recommended additional measures needed to promote further growth in the sector. These measures include: Updated...

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