Animal Feeding / Cattle / Central America / CIAT / Communications / Dairying / Gender / Latin America / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Nicaragua / Research / Value Chains / Women

Reaching out to Nicaraguan livestock farming communities: ‘Because the farm belongs to all of us’

Seeking to address issues regarding the way men and women livestock farmers understand and manifest masculinity in their lives by identifying behaviours and dynamics linked to traditional gender roles in rural communities, the Livestock and Fish program recorded two radio vignettes with a group of five community members, in collaboration with Radio Camoapa, a local radio station located in the center-north region of Nicaragua. Continue reading

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

Characterizing actors in the dual-purpose cattle value chain in Nicaragua: A gender perspective

To better understand the roles played by rural women in the dual-purpose cattle value chain in Nicaragua, as well as the institutional context in the territory as it relates to the theme of gender, the team of Livestock and Fish recetny carried out a Characterization and Mapping of Organizations and Actors in the Dual-Purpose Cattle Value Chain in the municipalities of Camoapa and Matiguás. Continue reading

Capacity Development / Capacity Strengthening / Central America / CGIAR / CIAT / Communications / Crop-Livestock / Environment / Gender / HUMIDTROPICSCRP / Innovation Systems / Intensification / Knowledge & Information / Nicaragua / Value Chains / Women

The value of knowledge in rural development – ‘I also have a right to decide.’

Increasing the productivity of small-scale production systems to make animal-source foods more readily available to poor consumers is a complex issue which requires a multi-faceted approach. With this concept in mind, scientists are working alongside territorial alliances to generate knowledge and initiatives to improve resource management through research. An example of this initiative, called the Learning Alliance. Continue reading

Ethiopia / Gender / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Nicaragua / PIL / Tanzania / Uganda / Value Chains / Women

Gender capacity gaps in livestock and fish value chain partners

This paper reports on a study with partners in targeted livestock and fish value chains in four countries to ascertain their gaps in gender capacity related to integrating gender into agricultural programming. Results from the study will be used to inform the development of gender capacity materials and future trainings for partners. 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