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Value chain transformation: Taking stock of WorldFish research on value chains and markets

This paper documents learning across WorldFish’s value chain research efforts in Asia and Africa. It has three main objectives: (1) to take stock of WorldFish’s past and ongoing research on value chains; (2) to draw out commonalities and differences between these projects; and (3) to provide a synthesis of some learning that can guide future work. Continue reading

Livestock / CGIAR / Research / Value Chains / CRP37 / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Scaling

Balancing research and development: Livestock and fish research and value chain insights from Tropentag workshop

On 19 September 2016, the CGIAR Livestock and Fish Research Program hosted a side workshop at the 2016 Tropentag conference. It brought together partners from across the Program to examine the approach it uses to accelerate agricultural research for development. This post reports on some of the discussions that took place. The session began with an introduction to the Program by Tom Randolph. Then, participants formed groups and interrogated scientists from across the Program. The session ended with a plenary synthesis on what these experiences mean for future research of this type. Continue reading

CRP37 / East Africa / Ethiopia / ICARDA / ILRI / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Markets / Sheep / Small Ruminants / Value Chains

Ethiopian small ruminant keepers trained in ‘smart’ collective marketing

Over 400 farmers from the Menz area of North Shewa Zone in Amhara, Ethiopia attended a training on collective marketing to create a common understanding among farmers of what marketing groups are, why farmers need them, how they are formed and managed, and how such groups can be employed in small ruminant marketing. Continue reading

Africa / ASSP / CGIAR / CRP37 / East Africa / ILRI / LGI / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Partnership / Pigs / Uganda / Value Chains

Partnerships pay off for Uganda value chain project

The value chain work of the CGIAR Livestock and Fish Research Program relies on partnerships – with governments, national research, civil society and the private sector – to achieve its aims. In its Uganda smallholder value chain, the Program could not have achieved most of its objectives without the support that partnerships offer. This has been in the form of technical and financial support, human resources, infrastructure and knowledge sharing. Continue reading

Aquaculture / CRP37 / Fish / Genetics / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Research / Southeast Asia / WorldFish

WorldFish breeding program produces 15th generation of improved GIFT tilapia

At WorldFish, the long-running selective breeding program for the Genetically Improved Farmed Tilapia (GIFT) strain is fundamental to it efforts to improve livelihoods and food security in Asia, the Pacific and Africa by improving aquaculture and fisheries. In 2016, WorldFish continued this vital GIFT breeding work, funded by the European Union, highlighted by the development of the 15th generation of GIFT and the first-ever distribution of GIFT fry to Myanmar.
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Africa / Animal Feeding / Cattle / CIAT / CRP37 / Dairying / East Africa / Feeds / Forages / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Southern Africa / Tanzania / Value Chains

Grass? How an unlikely weapon can help farmers beat drought in Africa

To resist the droughts that decimate rural livelihoods, researchers and farmers in Tanzania are testing different forage grass and legume species to discover which management and grass combinations can boost the quantity and quality of forages in local conditions. Continue reading

Africa / Animal Diseases / Animal Health / ASSP / Capacity Development / Capacity Strengthening / CRP37 / ILRI / Innovation Systems / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Mali / Value Chains / West Africa

New community animal health platforms to guide participatory improvement of livestock in four regions of Mali

Four community animal health platforms (CAHPs) have been formed to harness collective action in addressing animal health and livestock value constraints in four regions of Mali. Continue reading