Animal Feeding / Asia / Feeds / ILRI / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Markets / Pigs / PIL / Southeast Asia / Value Chains / Vietnam

‘Base of the Pyramid’ initiatives in the feed industry: targeting smallholder animal farmers in Vietnam

Would ‘Base of the Pyramid’ (BoP) marketing work in agricultural input markets? Here are some insights from the pig value chain in Vietnam, uncovered during a field trip of the REVALTER project. Continue reading

LIVESTOCK-FISH / Pigs / PIL / Southeast Asia / Value Chains / Vietnam

Wallowing in numbers to calculate costs and profits in Vietnamese pig value chains

Three weeks ago, I travelled to Vietnam to provide methodological support on how to calculate production costs, margins and profits in value chains as part of the REVALTER project on future prospects for livestock in Vietnam. The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) has partnered with other French and Vietnamese research organizations in this project funded by the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD). REVALTER is also mapped to the Livestock and Fish CGIAR Research Program, the program contributes to some of the time of the ILRI researchers involved. Continue reading


Reviewing the livestock and fish value chain toolkit – Join the online discussion in December 2014

As part of its efforts to transform value chains, staff and partners in the livestock and fish research program have developed a number of value chain assessment and benchmarking tools. From 1 to 4 December, the program is holding a brief e-discussion to solicit and synthesize experiences and lessons with the development and use of the tools. Continue reading

Africa / Cattle / CGIAR / Dairying / Event / ILRI / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / PIL / PIM / Value Chains

Value chain seminar shares lessons, tools, approaches to African dairy development

In September 2014, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) organized a dairy value chain seminar with support from the CGIAR Research Programs on Policies, Institutions, and Markets and on Livestock and Fish. Continue reading

Animal Health / Asia / Environment / Food Safety / Impact Assessment / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Pigs / PIL / Southeast Asia / Value Chains / Vietnam

Exploring the sustainability of Vietnamese pig value chains: Food safety comes first

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. Continue reading

Communications / ILRI / Impact Assessment / LIVESTOCK-FISH / PIL

Facilitating the Livestock and Fish monitoring and evaluation meeting – lessons

The CGIAR research program on Livestock and Fish held a Monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) planning meeting last week in Limuru, close to Nairobi, Kenya. The MEL team of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) had invited colleagues involved in the Livestock and Fish program from ILRI and from other CGIAR partner centres. The main … Continue reading