This year the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish officially began its activities. From 1-2 June 2012, scientists from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) met in Addis Ababa to review plans for their work on the small ruminants value chain.
The aim of the meeting was to set out a road map on how the value chain approach will be implemented in Ethiopia by the partners. It resulted in a ‘common understanding of objectives and approach, an initial implementation plan including individual roles and responsibilities and the agenda for 2012, and a set of resource mobilization priorities’ said the Program Director, Tom Randolph.
The program works on meat, milk and fish value chains (http://livestockfish.cgiar.org/focus/) in 8 countries namely, India, Nicaragua, Vietnam, Tanzania, Uganda, Egypt, Mali and Ethiopia.
The team of scientists from the two Centers was able to draw up a plan of activities for the value chain, identify related projects working on small ruminants in the region and discuss the appropriate site selection processes.
This was the third team meeting to set out plans for the nine targeted value chains.