Animal Breeding / Animal Production / Animal Products / AVCD / Cattle / Dairying / East Africa / Kenya / Livelihoods / LIVESTOCKFISH / PIL / Project / Value Chains

Easing bottlenecks to uptake of dairy farming in western Kenya

Through the recently launched Feed the Future Kenya Accelerating Value Chain Development (AVCD) Program, ILRI has partnered with county governments and other actors to promote dairy production in western Kenya. Continue reading

Why Melinda and Bill Gates are betting big on chickens (hint: ‘the ATM of the poor’)
ACGG / Animal Breeding / Article / Chickens / Ethiopia / Film and video / Genetics / ILRI / Interview / LiveGene / Livelihoods / LIVESTOCKFISH / Nigeria / Opinion piece / Poultry / Pro-Poor Livestock / Tanzania / Women

Why Melinda and Bill Gates are betting big on chickens (hint: ‘the ATM of the poor’)

Our foundation is betting on chickens. Alongside partners throughout sub-Saharan Africa, we are working to create sustainable market systems for poultry. It’s especially important for these systems to make sure farmers can buy birds that have been properly vaccinated and are well suited to the local growing conditions. Our goal: to eventually help 30 percent of the rural families in sub-Saharan Africa raise improved breeds of vaccinated chickens, up from just 5 percent now. . . . Continue reading

On making the livestock sector more efficient, equitable and sustainable–Francois Le Gall, Livestock Global Alliance
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On making the livestock sector more efficient, equitable and sustainable–Francois Le Gall, Livestock Global Alliance

The following opinion piece by World Bank livestock advisor François Le Gall was published last week on the launch of an advocacy brief by an alliance of leading organizations in global livestock issues. Chaired by Le Gall, the Livestock Global Alliance aims to bring the often overlooked livestock sector to the forefront of solutions to global development challenges such as food security, health, economic growth and climate change. Continue reading

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

Livestock development conclusively shown to increase incomes, food security and diet diversity in southern Africa–New study
Article / Consumption / Food Security / Livelihoods / Nutrition / Pro-Poor Livestock / Research / Southern Africa

Livestock development conclusively shown to increase incomes, food security and diet diversity in southern Africa–New study

The results of this analysis are conclusive: livestock development among resource poor smallholders in Zambia’s Copperbelt increases household dietary diversity and total consumption expenditures, with dietary impacts that are substantially greater for animals that produce food products for direct consumption. Continue reading

Agriculture / Animal Production / Article / East Africa / Livelihoods / Livestock / Livestock Systems / LIVESTOCKFISH / Policy / Report / Research / Tanzania

Tanzania livestock modernization initiative to improve livelihoods of smallholders and boost food security

A recently unveiled Tanzania Livestock Modernization Initiative (TLMI) is expected to contribute to the improvement of the livelihoods of smallholder livestock farmers in the country and increase their contribution to national food security.
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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

Agriculture / East Africa / Livelihoods / Livestock / Markets / PIL / PIM / 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