Africa / AHH / Animal Diseases / Animal Health / ASF / Capacity Development / Capacity Strengthening / East Africa / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Pigs / PIL / Uganda / Value Chains

Uganda pig farmers trained in biosecurity measures to control African swine fever

Smallholder pig farmers were recently trained in biosecurity measures to control African swine fever as part of a wider effort to control spread of the disease in Uganda. Continue reading

Africa / Animal Products / Capacity Development / Capacity Strengthening / East Africa / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Pigs / PIL / Uganda / Value Chains

Uganda butchers trained through partnership with Veterinarians Without Borders–US

ILRI Uganda recently partnered with Veterinarians without Borders, Mukono Local Government and the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries (MAAIF) to train pork butchers in Mukono District on pork hygiene, carcass handling and biosecurity practices. Continue reading

Africa / Capacity Strengthening / CapDev / East Africa / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Pigs / PIL / Uganda / Value Chains

Bringing piggery to the fore: ILRI partners with private sector to train 150 smallholder pig producers in Uganda

In Uganda, the ‘MorePORK’ project has engaged Enterprise Uganda, a specialist in capacity building for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), to conduct a series of entrepreneurship and business management trainings that will benefit 150 pig farmers in Kabonera and Kyanamukaaka subcounties of Masaka District. Continue reading

ASSP / Capacity Development / Capacity Strengthening / East Africa / Extension / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Partnership / Pigs / Uganda / Value Chains

Uganda pig value chain project partners with private sector to boost access to advisory services

The Smallholder Pig Value Chain Development (SPVCD) in Uganda project, which is led by ILRI, has established partnerships with private sector organizations to offer advisory services through trainings for pig farmers in Uganda. In February 2015, ILRI collaborated with Pig Production and Marketing Uganda Limited on a training workshop on piggery management for small and medium-scale farmers. Continue reading

Capacity Development / Capacity Strengthening / CapDev / Ethiopia / Food Security / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Partnership / Tanzania / Value Chains

Capacity development for sustainable food security: Role of public private partnerships

Improving value chains performance is high on the agenda of Livestock and Fish country value chain programs. Public-private partnerships can identify stakeholders with a significant interest in value chain programing, allowing for mutual trust building and understanding to accommodate different roles, responsibilities, interests, joint design and co-delivery of research for development work. Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / ASSP / Capacity Strengthening / Cattle / Dairying / Feeds / ILRI / Innovation Systems / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Research / Southern Africa / Tanzania / Value Chains

Reviews highlight successes and challenges of Tanzania dairy innovation platforms

Recent reviews of capacity building training of dairy innovation platforms in Tanga and Morogoro in Tanzania highlights key opportunities and challenges in efforts to improve dairy production in the country. Continue reading

Capacity Development / Capacity Strengthening / Gender / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Value Chains

Guiding the Livestock and Fish gender capacity assessment and development process

In 2014, the International Livestock Research Institution (ILRI) undertook a survey with partners in targeted Livestock and Fish CGIAR Research Program value chains in four countries (Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Nicaragua) to ascertain their gaps in gender capacity related to integrating gender into agricultural programming. In all four countries, the primary obstacles to integrating gender included lack of financial resources, lack of staff training and lack of appropriate gender tools. The results from the survey motivated the Livestock and Fish Program to commission a more systematic gender capacity assessment. Continue reading

Capacity Development / Capacity Strengthening / CapDev / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Opinion Piece

Are you game for (Theories of) Change in an unpredictable world ?

This week I am attending a workshop organized by our CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish to refine frameworks and tools for a new Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system based on the program’s Theory of Change and Impact Pathways, aiming to ensure common understanding of theories, to discuss how they can be used for planning, critical reflection and accountability; and to develop change pathways for the pilot value chains in which it will be tested. Continue reading

Aquaculture / Capacity Development / Capacity Strengthening / Egypt / Fish / LIVESTOCK-FISH / North Africa / Value Chains / WorldFish

Egyptian fish farmers learn best aquaculture practices

Through training fish farmers on “best management practices”, the Improving Employment and Income through Development of Egypt’s Aquaculture Sector (IEIDEAS) project aims to sustainably strengthen this growing industry by helping farmers to increase the productivity and profitability of their ponds. Continue reading