Animal Breeding / Fish / Genetics / ICARDA / ILRI / LiveGene / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / LIVESTOCKCRP / Research / Value Chains / WorldFish

Delivering animal breeding programs in developing countries: Some lessons from the Livestock and Fish program

Implementing sustainable livestock and fish breeding programs requires careful consideration of the species in question, their specific biological constraints, the production environment and the trait preferences of farmers, as well as a careful selection and use of innovative technology. Successful breeding programs rely on livestock keepers as co-owners of breeding programs as such programs are meant for them and they benefit from their full participation. Continue reading

AAS / Aquaculture / Asia / Bangladesh / Fish / Gender / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Research / South Asia / Value Chains / Women / WorldFish

Gender in the farmed fish value chain of Bangladesh: A review of the evidence and development approaches

This brief focuses on gender relations in fish farming and value chains in Bangladesh, i.e. the roles women and men play in diverse aquaculture production systems and other value chain nodes, their relative access to and control over resources, intra-household decision-making, and social and gender norms and attitudes. Continue reading

AAS / Aquaculture / Bangladesh / Egypt / Fish / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Middle East / North Africa / Research / South Asia / Value Chains / WorldFish

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

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

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

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 / East Africa / ILRI / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Partnership / Pigs / PIL / 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

Africa / Animal Feeding / Cattle / CIAT / 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 / 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

Animal Breeding / Aquaculture / Egypt / Fish / Genetics / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Middle East / North Africa / Value Chains / WorldFish

Improved tilapia breeding program in Egypt: A year in review

Since 2002, WorldFish has run a breeding program in Egypt for a faster-growing strain of Nile tilapia, known as the Abbassa improved strain. In 2016, with funding from the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish, WorldFish continued to develop the Abbassa strain by shifting to a winter breeding cycle and preparing to produce the 14th generation. Continue reading