Asia / CRP12 / Markets / PTVC / Southeast Asia / Value Chains / Vietnam

Linking smallholder farmers to markets in Northwest Vietnam

A value chain assessment on four agricultural products in Son La Province of Vietnam provides insights into business models linking smallholder farmers to dynamic markets. These are helping us suggest future Humidtropics research-for-development interventions on policies, institutions and markets. Continue reading

Burundi / Cattle / Dairying / East Africa / Ethiopia / Event / ILRI / ILRIComms / Kenya / LGI / PA / Rwanda / Tanzania / Uganda / Value Chains

East African dairy: Donors and stakeholders meet this week in Uganda to better coordinate their development work

ILRI scientist Steve Staal (in blue) and Gregg Bevier (right) of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), take a close look at a cowshed typical of Kenya’s smallholder dairy sector (photo credit: BMGF/Lee Klejtnot). In its wisdom, an Inter-Agency Donor Group (IADG) on pro-poor livestock research and development agreed in 2013 to explore ways … Continue reading

ASSP / CRP37 / CRP4 / East Africa / Food Safety / FSZ / ILRI / ILRIComms / PA / Pigs / Uganda / Value Chains

Uganda: Where a pig in the backyard is a piggybank for one million households–and rising

Uganda is the leading consumer of pork in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Over 2.3 million pigs are kept by one million households in Uganda for consumption, says the institute which further indicates that the majority of pigs are kept by women in smallholder households. Continue reading

Food Safety / East Africa / Value Chains / ILRI / PA / Dairying / Disease Control / Kenya / Cattle / Health (human) / CRP4 / Feeds / FSZ / ILRIComms

Are aflatoxins contaminating the milk you’re drinking in Kenya? New research to find out

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) has commissioned research to ascertain the levels of aflatoxins in the milk consumed in Kenya. Studies say every Kenyan consumes over 145 litres annually-higher than other Africans – increasing the risk of milk-related aflatoxins. Continue reading

Agriculture / Animal Breeding / CRP37 / East Africa / Indigenous Breeds / Kenya / Livestock / Markets / Presentation / PTVC / Sheep / Value Chains

Exotic sheep popular in Kenya, but better native animals are a better solution—New study

Exotic and crossbred Dorper sheep are in high demand in Kajiado’s livestock markets, but keeping these high-producing exotic breeds alive and productive in these dry, drought-ridden, rangelands is difficult. Continue reading

Animal Production / CRP37 / Event / ILRIComms / Intensification / MarketOpps / Markets / PA / Policy / PTVC / Southeast Asia / Value Chains / Vietnam

Vietnam’s household livestock farming set for growth

Young water buffalo and rice fields in Mai Chau (an ethnic Thai village), in Hoa Binh Province, northwest Vietnam. Household livestock production is set to become the leading form of livestock production in the country (photo on Flickr by Lon&Queta). ‘Household livestock production should be developed to reach a larger scale and higher professional level, participants … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Production / Article / Cattle / Dairying / Kenya / Livelihoods / Markets / Pastoralism / PTVC / Value Chains

East Africa Dairy Development Project featured in Kenya Airways’ February 2014 Msafiri in-flight magazine

I was travelling on a short flight from Nairobi to Mombasa yesterday and was glad to read about the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and its partners of the East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) Project in the Kenya Airways in-flight magazine in the seat pocket in front of me. A four-page full-feature article (see pages 100-104) … Continue reading

Agriculture / Animal Production / Article / East Africa / Livelihoods / Livestock / Pro-Poor Livestock / PTVC / Tanzania / Value Chains

In Africa, livestock are a catalyst for economic growth—Livestock data study findings

Investing in smallholder farmers who own livestock in rural Africa, such as these women in Tanzania, is a catalyst for economic growth (photo credit: ILRI/Deo Gratias Shayo). Last October (2013), the World Bank reported on the findings of a case study on ‘Livestock and Livelihoods in Rural Tanzania.’ The study assessed opportunities and barriers to … Continue reading

Agriculture / CRP12 / CRP2 / CRP37 / Farming Systems / Innovation Systems / Opinion piece / PTVC / Research / UK / Value Chains

Joining the PARADE: Lessons on participatory agricultural research by a livestock economist

I joined the PARADE workshop from 9 to 11 December 2013. PARADE stands for Participatory Agricultural Research: Approaches, Design and Evaluation. The PARADE event held this week was an expert meeting at Saint Anne’s College, Oxford, United Kingdom. It was sadly not a vibrant, colourful and noisy display of human diversity… Then again, perhaps it … Continue reading