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 / Dairying / East Africa / Intensification / Livelihoods / Livestock / Pro-Poor Livestock / Tanzania

Starbucks Foundation’s USD 750,000 grant to help Tanzania farmers complement coffee farming with dairy

Heifer International, which is working with ILRI and other partners in the Maziwa Zaidi project in Tanzania, has received a USD 750,000 grant from the Starbucks Foundation to fund the Mbozi Farmer Livelihood Improvement project, which will provide 5,000 smallholder farmers in country with dairy heifers and bulls to complement coffee farming. Continue reading

Agriculture / Article / Dairying / East Africa / Livestock / LIVESTOCKFISH / Markets / SLS / Tanzania / Value Chains

Tanzania dairy sector gets USD1.5 million boost through East Africa Dairy Development project grant

The East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) project, a regional dairy industry development program, has received USD1.5million grant from Elanco Animal Health to support on-going dairy development work in Tanzania and East Africa. Continue reading

Cattle / Dairying / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Markets / Rwanda / Uganda

East African Dairy Development project: Kenya cows + chilling plants = milk markets (and profits) for farmers

A Kenyan dairy farmer feeds her cow (photo on Flickr by eadairy). ‘A chilling tale of cows in Kenya shows how market access is key to impact investing. . . . ‘It started with a mid-term report I was handed called Milking for Profit. The report details a project that works to uplift subsistence dairy … Continue reading

Agriculture / Kenya / Rwanda / Uganda

Small milk producers, hawkers and service providers turn handsome profits as Kenya’s dairy sector continues to expand

Milk, the ‘white gold’ of Kenya (photo on Flickr by eadairy, East African Dairy Development project). A booming market in milk in Kenya is enhancing the livelihoods of many poor people—from dairy farmers to milk processors to milk hawkers to the country’s tens of millions of daily consumers of fresh milk. ‘In recent months, milk … Continue reading

Animal Products / Cattle / Dairying / East Africa / Food Safety / ILRI / Kenya / Markets / Rwanda / Uganda

When small-scale dairying becomes smart-scale dairying: Transformation via ‘dairy hubs’

Slide in a presentation by Moses Nyabila on progress in the East African Dairy Development Project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in which Heifer International and ILRI are two partners; the presentation was made at a USAID Bureau for Food Security Webinar on 22 June 2011 in Washington, DC (slide credit: Heifer … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Asia / Directorate / Farming Systems / Food Security / ILRI / Mozambique / Niger / South Asia

Backing smallholder farmers today could avert food crises tomorrow

The Guardian‘s Poverty Matters blog today (14 October 2010) published the following opinion piece by Carlos Seré, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). ‘Agribusiness investment would not only transform the lives of farmers in south Asia and Africa, but boost global food security. ‘As food riots continue in Mozambique and food crises … Continue reading

Africa / Camels / East Africa / Livelihoods / Livestock / Pastoralism / Tanzania

Heifer Camel project: A resounding success to Maasai community in Tanzania

They are huge, bulky and strong! They are disease-tolerant and can survive drought by browsing on leaves on trees that other livestock cannot eat. These are camels! Following severe long droughts that hit northeastern part of Tanzania in the last couple of years, a group of Maasai women of Ketumbeine village in Longido district, Arusha … Continue reading