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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …