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Livestock Matter(s): ILRI news ’roundup’, March 2013

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This March 2013 issue of  ‘Livestock Matter(s)’, gives a round-up of livestock development news, publications, presentations, images and upcoming events from ILRI and its partners. Download a print version – or sign up to get Livestock Matter(s) in your mailbox each month.


Project news

Dairy hubs giving Tanzanians better access to services given funding boost

‘Ireland’s minister of state for development and trade Joe Costello earlier this week launched the second phase of a joint research project designed to increase access of poor farmers and dairy producers to services and markets in Tanzania at the cost of €1.4 million (Sh2.8 billion). ‘The “More Milk Dairy Market Hub” research project, jointly implemented by ILRI and Sokoine University of Agriculture, will run for four years and will focus on growing and improving the systems that farmers are currently using to sell their dairy products, according to the press statement issued by the Irish Embassy in Dar es Salaam.

Tata-ILRI research helps India’s poor farmers beat classical swine fever

ILRI pig production project in Nagaland

Caring for newborn piglets in northeast India, 2011 (photo by ILRI/Ram Deka).

A program helping rural Indian farmers improve their livelihoods by helping them to raise pigs more efficiently is the highlight of a new annual report by a project coordinated by ILRI. The project, ‘Enhancing livelihoods through livestock knowledge systems’, is a partnership between the Sir Ratan Tata Trust, the Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust and ILRI that was started in 2011. The pig farming component of the project is being implemented in four Indian states: Jharkhand, Arunachal, Mizoram and Nagaland.

ILRI project on ecohealth featured at the 2013 Prince Mahidol Award Conference ILRI experiences in using One Health and EcoHealth approaches to better manage emerging zoonotic diseases (passed between animals and people) were featured during a poster session at the 2013 Prince Mahidol Award Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, from 29 Jan to 2 Feb 2013. The theme of the conference was: “A world united against infectious diseases: Cross-sectoral solutions”.

Adapting the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index to include rights can improve assessments

Gender experts discuss strategies for integrating rights into analysis of women's empowerment in livestock programs

Integrating rights into livestock microcredit programs (photo by ILRI/Tezira Lore).

A strategy simultaneously enhancing women’s livelihoods and rights, which can also empower other marginalized groups, was the focus of discussions at a day-long workshop on integrating rights into livestock microcredit and value chain development programs for empowering women.


Media news

USD100,000 boost for cassava disease research
The Biosciences eastern and central Africa-ILRI (BecA-ILRI) Hub, based in Kenya, has been awarded a grant to expand its research on genetic resistance to cassava brown streak disease and cassava mosaic disease, which have devastated crops across the region. The US$100,000 grant, awarded by the Illumina Agricultural Greater Good Initiative, a developer of life sciences tools based in San Diego, United States, was given in the form of sequencing reagents to aid diagnostic research. It will also include a year of training and support for BecA-ILRI staff in data gathering and interpretation.

Involving farmers in sheep breeding in Ethiopia

The worm-resistant red Maasai sheep of East Africa

The worm-resistant red Maasai sheep of East Africa (photo by ILRI).

Sheep play an important role in the rural economy of Ethiopia, but productivity is among the lowest in sub-Saharan Africa. Simultaneously, demand for sheep products is increasing rapidly. Improving productivity can significantly increase the incomes of smallholder farmers and pastoralists, while enhancing national food security.


CGIAR news – updates from the research programs we work in

On the road to gender transformative change

In honor of International Women’s Day, this post highlights some of the efforts under way across CGIAR to alleviate gender inequalities.

WILD: Women in Livestock Development

ILRI Pinterest page depicting artwork of women in livestock development, 8 Mar 2013.


A recent article from ILRI gives a gendered perspective on how the rapid expansion of supermarkets and agricultural labor demand in Kenya could affect farming patterns and rural development.

Safe Food, Fair Food project provides tools to assess food safety along value chains
A comprehensive toolkit developed by the Safe Food, Fair Food project is being used by WorldFish, a member of the CGIAR Consortium, to assess food safety in the farmed tilapia value chain in Egypt.

Pathways to deliver impact: Working on the Livestock and Fish program’s theory of change
A 2 day workshop to refine the Livestock and Fish CGIAR Research Program Theory of Change was held in January 2013 in Nairobi. Participants developed a common understanding of the program design and the envisaged pathways to outcomes and impact; refined the program’s impact evaluation strategy and clarified related work on evaluation, impact assessment, learning, logic frameworks, impact pathways, program monitoring, outcome monitoring among others.

Changing the fortunes of farmers in Ethiopia through better livestock feed
If you climb up the rickety ladder on to the roof of the stone dwelling where Gebremichael Desta lives with his family and livestock—he keeps his hay on the roof—you can gaze across a world which looks much as it must have done many centuries ago. Ploughmen shout encouragement to their oxen, women urge pack animals over the stony ground and buzzards wheel above the terraced fields. There is not a machine in sight; nothing to indicate that this is the 21st century.


Recent presentations


Recent ILRI publications

Designing index based livestock insurance for managing asset risk in northern Kenya

Report of the eighth meeting of the imGoats Inhassoro innovation platform, Chitsotso, Mozambique, 7 March 2013

The spatial ecology of free-ranging domestic pigs (Sus scrofa) in western Kenya

Getting superior Napier grass to dairy farmers in East Africa


Multimedia

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we feature a 13-minute filmed presentation of former ILRI gender expert Jemimah Njuki explaining why women are import in livestock development and also why livestock development is important: Farm animals can help millions of women raise the well-being of their households and communities.

This month, ILRI staff helped scientists in the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and other institutions develop a 5-minute animated ‘whiteboard’ video: Cultivate the future: How learning together can mean learning better and faster—speeding research into use. 


ILRI under the lens

This month we feature photos of  ILRI’s  MilkIT project in India and Tanzania.

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see photos of this project


Upcoming events


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