American agricultural economist Steve Staal leads livestock policy, trade and value chain research at ILRI
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American agricultural economist Steve Staal leads livestock policy, trade and value chain research at ILRI

Steve Staal, who for the past 15 months has served the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Los Baños, the Philippines, as regional representative for East and South Asia, this month takes up leadership of ILRI’s Policy, Trade and Value Chains program and is now based in Nairobi. Continue reading

Impacts of innovation platforms on smallholder dairy production
Agriculture / CRP12 / Dairying / East Africa / Impact Assessment / Innovation Systems / Livestock / PTVC / Report / Research / Tanzania / Value Chains

Impacts of innovation platforms on smallholder dairy production

The ‘innovation platforms approach’ is an effective way of establishing systematic interactions among stakeholders in the agricultural sector by stimulating technical, institutional and organizational innovations in agricultural value chains. Researchers from the University of Bonn, Germany, ILRI and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), tested the effectiveness of a dairy innovation platform that is trying to improve farmers’ access to cattle feeds in Tanzania. Continue reading

Agriculture / CRP2 / East Africa / Livelihoods / Livestock / Markets / PTVC / Report / Small Ruminants / Somalia / Trade / Value Chains

ILRI research brief says marketing information tool has improved livestock trading in Somaliland

A new ILRI research brief shows that a livestock marketing information system (LMIS) has improved access to animal marketing information and helped increase trading in livestock in Somaliland. Continue reading

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Dairy researchers say efficient systems key to boosting milk production in Tanzania

A recent study by Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) shows that only 30% of the capacity of milk processing plants is utilized in Tanzania and per capita milk consumption in the country is a mere quarter of the global milk consumption standard. Continue reading

Agriculture / CRP2 / East Africa / Livelihoods / Livestock / Markets / PTVC / Report / Small Ruminants / Somalia / Value Chains

ILRI research brief reviews market participation of livestock producers in Somaliland

A recently published ILRI research brief shares findings from an assessment of animal grading and market participation among sheep and goats producers that show women are an integral part of livestock ownership and enterprise in Somaliland. Continue reading