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.
From 24-28 March 2014, people working in or supporting the research themes of the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish met in Kenya to plan out the coming 10 years of the program (including the 2015-2015 ‘extension’ phase). Linking the program’s work on research discovery and delivery and setting out flagship projects were also a key focus of the meeting.
The Livestock and Fish program recently convened a partnership roundtable with Wageningen UR to explore concrete strategic areas of cooperation.
The CGIAR Independent Science and Partnership Council‘s Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA) is soliciting expressions of interest for experimental impact evaluation projects. SPIA invites researchers from academic institutions and from CGIAR Centers/CRPs to submit proposals for impact evaluation projects that are based on an experimental design (randomized design or natural experiments).
The Smallholder Pig Value Chain Development (SPVCD) project in Uganda recently held a writeshop to prepare eight training modules on pig health, feeding, breeding and economics (business management, enterprise development and finance). The modules will be used to deliver appropriate training interventions to service provider organizations, farmers and other actors of the value chain in Uganda.
This is the second roundup of news from the CGIAR Livestock and Fish research program. The program aims to increase the productivity of small-scale livestock and fish systems in sustainable ways, making meat, milk and fish more available and affordable to poor consumers across the developing world. Download a print version. Program news 2014 CGIAR-US …
The ILRI-led project on ‘enhancing dairy-based livelihoods in India and Tanzania through feed innovation and value chain development approaches’ – commonly known as MilkIT – has been implemented since 2012 with support from the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD). Two briefs from the Livestock and Fish research program provide mid-term progress reports from the project.
The REVALTER project is working livestock development Pathways in Vietnam. In an effort to create sustainability typologies of the local pig farms, Jo Cadilhon and colleagues asked different stakeholders what sustainability means to them. The responses indicate that the sustainability of pig value chains is predominantly linked to food safety. Economic considerations come second; the environmental aspect only comes third.