Animal Feeding / Central America / CIAT / Crop-Livestock / Feeds / Forages / Latin America / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Research

Tropical forage-based systems for climate-smart livestock production in Latin America

Writing in the November 2014 issue of Rural 21, Livestock and Fish researchers from CIAT argue that tropical forage grasses and legumes as key components of sustainable crop-livestock systems in Latin America and the Caribbean have major implications for improving food security, alleviating poverty, restoring degraded lands and mitigating climate change. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Cattle / Central America / CGIAR / CIAT / Feeds / Forages / Latin America / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Nicaragua / Value Chains

Nicaragua’s dual-purpose cattle value chain: Strategy and implementation planning workshop

On August 5 and 6, 2014, the Livestock and Fish team conducted a Livestock and Fish Strategy and Implementation Planning Workshop for the Dual-Purpose Cattle Value Chain (DPVC) in Managua, Nicaragua. The purpose of this workshop was to generate an exchange with local partners to track ongoing efforts in the value chain development work in … Continue reading

Cattle / Central America / CIAT / Dairying / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Nicaragua

Moving forward on competitive beef and dairy in Nicaragua

The Central America team of the CGIAR Research Program Livestock and Fish started this year with the launch of the project “Competitive beef and dairy through sustainable intensification and specialized market access in Nicaragua,” with the objective of improving the competitiveness and income of small and medium cattle farmers in Nicaragua through the implementation of good farm management practices and the creation and strengthening of sustainable beef and dairy value chains. Continue reading

Cattle / Central America / CGIAR / CIAT / Dairying / Intensification / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Nicaragua / Project / Value Chains

Competitive beef and dairy project launched in Nicaragua

On 27 February 2014, the Livestock and Fish program team in Nicaragua joined with partners CATIE, Center for Export and Investment Nicaragua (CEI), and Heifer International to launch a new project called ‘competitive beef and dairy through sustainable intensification and specialized market access’. Continue reading

Africa / Central America / Ethiopia / Gender / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Nicaragua / Research / Tanzania / Women

Assessing resource ownership by women in Ethiopia, Nicaragua, and Tanzania

Ownership is a term often used in research to assess farmer empowerment in agriculture, particularly as it relates to women’s access to resources and their power over the benefits their work generates. However, it is necessary to understand what the term ‘ownership’ implies, especially from women’s point of view, and how the meaning attached to … Continue reading

Cattle / Central America / CIAT / Gender / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Nicaragua / Value Chains / Women

Gender mainstreaming in the Nicaraguan dual-purpose cattle value chain

On 21 and 22 January 2014 the Livestock and Fish program conducted a gender workshop in Nicaragua to share methodologies and approaches to incorporate gender in the program’s work in the dual purpose cattle value chain in Nicaragua. Partners reflected on basic concepts and perceptions regarding gender equity, from both personal and organizational perspectives, taking into consideration gender statistics and opportunity gaps between men and women in the Nicaraguan livestock sector. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Capacity Development / Capacity Strengthening / Central America / CIAT / Feeds / Livestock / Nicaragua

Experimenting with forage hybrids to improve mixed crop-livestock systems in Nicaragua

As part of the BMZ financed project ‘climate-smart crop-livestock systems for smallholders in the tropics: Integration of new forage hybrids to intensify agriculture and to mitigate climate change through regulation of nitrification in soil’, the Livestock and Fish program team has been working alongside farmers in rural communities of Nicaragua to improve productivity and mitigate … Continue reading