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Short ‘Livestock and Fish’ animated video on what ‘capacity development’ is, what it does, why and with whom


What is the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish doing to develop capacity to enhance smallholder agricultural value chains in Asia, Africa and Latin America?


Niko Pirosmani, Farmer with a Bull, 1916 (via Wikiart).

Take a look at this wonderfully animated 6-minute video to find out.

As you’ll learn from the video, the CGIAR Livestock and Fish Research Program is being implemented by four CGIAR centres:

  1. International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the lead centre, is based in Kenya
  2. WorldFish, in Malaysia
  3. International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), in Colombia
  4. International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), formerly in Syria, now moved to Jordan and elsewhere due to the ongoing conflicts in Syria

The program is helping small-scale livestock and fish producers to intensify and commercialize their production, processing and marketing activities.

The Livestock and Fish program is working largely through an integrated capacity development approach that pays particular attention to the empowerment of poor women.

The scientists within this program see capacity development as a ‘strategic enabler’ for getting ‘research outputs’ transformed into ‘development outcomes’.

To do this, the program works with lots of diverse local groups in each of the nine value chains and eight countries it works with.

‘Systems’ — whether within institutions, organizations or individuals — rather than particular given agricultural ‘interventions’ are the focus of the capacity development work in this program.

A seeming lack of absorptive capacity by marginalized communities and their organizations is not an argument against, but rather for, making investments in capacity development.

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Niko Pirosmani, Fisherman among Rocks, 1906 (via Wikiart).

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