In Central America, dairy products are an important dietary component for consumers from all social strata. The potential to increase the consumption of dairy products is high; improved value chain linkages are key drivers to increase smallholder productivity.
The Livestock and Fish CRP Commissioned External Evaluation (CCEE) team has finalized the dates for their field work in each of the targeted value chains. The schedule has now been agreed upon by all stakeholders and can be regarded as finalized. Please make note of the dates in your calendar!
On 8 May 2014 the Livestock and Fish CGIAR Research Program supported the Global Knowledge Initiative’s (GKI) dairy value chain collaboration colloquium in Kampala. It sponsored three Tanzania dairy value chain partners who participated as challengers in the event.
To enable its research achieve more impact at scale, the Livestock and Fish CGIAR Research Program has put great effort in working together with global, regional and local partners. In June, staff from the program met with the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ) representatives to explore such partnership possibilities.
‘Sustainable intensification of crop-livestock systems through improved forages’ is this year’s CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish and US university linkages winning proposal. ‘The core of the cooperation with Washington State University is to calibrate CropSyst for selected forages, support ongoing work on adding inter-cropping to the functionalities of CropSyst and apply it in case studies in Southern Africa.
The Livestock and Fish CGIAR Research Program is making a call for proposals to encourage collaboration with other CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs). The call targets CRP researchers with innovative ideas for strategic activities that would create synergies contributing to the outputs and outcomes of the Livestock and Fish Program and other CRPs.
Following the recent signing of a MOU between the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, staff from SNV’s global Dairy and Extensive Livestock Commodity Teams met in Nairobi on 27 May 2014 with scientists from ILRI and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) to map interests and expertise as a basis for further collaboration.
The Livestock and Fish program’s second annual ‘performance monitoring report’ provides insights into its progress, results and challenges in 2013.