CGIAR integrated systems research for sustainable agricultural development in the Mekong—New book
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CGIAR integrated systems research for sustainable agricultural development in the Mekong—New book

The CGIAR Research Program on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics (Humidtropics) was an agricultural research for development program that aimed for sustainable intensification of agricultural systems to improve the livelihoods of farm households. The Central Mekong Action Area was primarily focused on the complex of rice and non-rice farming systems (plus areas with other land uses) in the non-flood-prone lowlands, uplands and highlands. The Action Area covered six countries (Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam). Continue reading

Science: The fuel for human progress—by Bill Gates
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Science: The fuel for human progress—by Bill Gates

The following remarks are excerpted from an opinion piece written by Bill Gates and published on his Gates Notes blog. ‘The first promise of any good politician is to make people’s lives better, and scientific research leading to innovation is one of the best ways to honor that promise . . . .’ Continue reading

The GCARD3 wake up call for R4D organizations: ‘Walk the talk’
Agriculture / Event / Food Security / Innovation Systems / Livelihoods / Livestock / Participation / Policy / Research

The GCARD3 wake up call for R4D organizations: ‘Walk the talk’

ILRI researchers joined over 500 scientists, civil society, investment agencies, research institutions, policymakers, young agripreneurs, farmers and the media from all over the world gathered at the Global Conference for Agricultural Development (GCARD3) held in Johannesburg 5-8 April 2016 to discuss innovative systems for delivering development impacts. Continue reading

Winners of the Humidtropics Innovation Platform Case Study Competition
Agriculture / Animal Production / ASSP / Award / Buffalo / Cattle / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / India / Innovation Systems / Markets / Uganda

Winners of the Humidtropics Innovation Platform Case Study Competition

Three projects on innovative farmers’ cooperatives, best farming practices in hilly areas and better marketing of milk were winners at recent awards for Innovation Platforms (IP) Case Study Competitions held in Kampala. Continue reading

Impacts of innovation platforms on smallholder dairy production
Agriculture / Dairying / East Africa / HUMIDTROPICS / Impact Assessment / Innovation Systems / Livestock / PIL / 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