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

Africa / Agriculture / Animal Feeding / CapDev / Dairying / ILRI / Innovation Systems / LIVESTOCKFISH / PIL / Southern Africa / Tanzania / Value Chains

MilkIT project showcased at the 6th All Africa Conference on Animal Agriculture

Jo Cadilhon an agricultural economist at ILRI presented a paper on ‘Field testing a conceptual framework for innovation platform impact assessment: the case of MilkIT dairy platforms in Tanga region, Tanzania’ at this week’s (27-30 October 2014) 6th All Africa Conference on Animal Agriculture in Nairobi, Kenya. Continue reading

CGIAR / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / Geodata / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Intensification / Livestock Systems / Markets / NRM / Pastoralism / PIL / Policy / Project / Senegal / Vulnerability / West Africa

Africa’s dryland agricultural systems research: When East meets West (and when it doesn’t)

I have been working for nine months as an agricultural economist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) headquarters, in Nairobi, Kenya. I have come to realize that there are not enough bridges between West and East African agricultural research communities. Is it a problem of history? Different languages? Or perhaps inter-African communication links are … Continue reading

Agriculture / Dairying / ILRI / Mali / Niger / PIL / PIM / Research / Togo / Value Chains / West Africa

Of platforms and tables, cows and chillies: Scrutinizing numbers in Togo opens worlds of new ideas to explore

Early this month, Jo Cadilhon, an agricultural economist with ILRI’s research program on Policy, Trade and Value Chains, spent four days in Lomé, Togo, facilitating a workshop for a project on ‘Resilience of smallholder agriculture through dairy and market gardening value chains’. In this blog post, he tells how the analysis of data during the … Continue reading

Africa / Innovation Systems

Agricultural innovation systems in Africa: reflections on an international workshop

From 25-31 May, Nairobi was host to a ‘Week on Agricultural Innovation in Africa.’ Here ILRI’s Jo Cadilhon reflects on the International workshop on agricultural innovation systems in Africa held as part of the week. The meeting was co-organized by FARA, ILRI, CCAFS, KARI, JOLISAA, the Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture, Wageningen University, Prolinnova, the World … Continue reading