Agri-Health / Animal Products / CRP4 / Food Safety / FSZ / ILRI / Impact Assessment

Safe and fair food for informal markets: A food safety impact narrative

Over the past decade, ILRI research has provided insight into the impacts of food-borne diseases, challenged conventional thinking on food safety and developed a successful approach to participatory risk analysis for understanding and managing food safety in a more dynamic future. Continue reading

Africa / Asia / Dairying / East Africa / ILRI / Impact Assessment / India / Kenya / South Asia

Leveraging the informal dairy sector for health and wealth: An impact narrative from Kenya and Assam

ILRI’s support to smallholder dairy development has benefited the Kenyan economy. The benefits of policy change include improved safety of milk, increased profit margins for small-scale vendors, greater access to milk for poor consumers, and employment for many others in the sector, with knock-on benefits for the wider economy. Building on the Kenyan approach, an initiative to improve milk handling among traders in Assam in India resulted in a new governance institution, increased risk mitigation, improvements in milk quality, higher sales and increased customer satisfaction. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Biodiversity / FBS / Feeds / Fodder / Forages / Genebank / ILRI / Impact Assessment

Using forage germplasm to improve livestock feeds and rural livelihoods: An impact narrative

The forage collection maintained by ILRI, for example, contains germplasm from around 19,000 plant populations representing over 1,400 forage species, including grasses, legumes and fodder trees, many of which are under threat in the wild from land use changes and over-grazing. ILRI’s forage collection is providing scientists with the genetic material to develop climate-smart, high yielding and disease tolerant varieties that will have a key role in Africa’s farming future. Continue reading

Agriculture / Books and chapters / Impact Assessment / PA / Research

40-year CGIAR history published: Lots of lessons for the ‘New CGIAR’

From CGIAR comes a new ‘look back’ at its evolution over 40 years. The book is titled The CGIAR at 40: Institutional Evolution of the World’s Premier Agricultural Research Network. It was written by Selçuk Özgediz, a Turkish national who was affiliated with CGIAR for 27 years, the last several years as management adviser to the CGIAR Secretariat … Continue reading

Agriculture / East Africa / Impact Assessment / PA / Report / Research

Millennium Villages Project: Success? Failure? Unknown?–The controversy continues

Young boys in Malawi on a break from class pose for the camera at The United Nations Millennium Villages Project (photo on Flickr by whl.travel). The Economist has started an interesting new blog, ‘Feast and famine: Demography and development’. On this blog, the magazine’s correspondents report on and analyse matters relating to demography and development, including food … Continue reading