Event / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Research

Five ‘flagship projects’ to enhance discovery and delivery of Livestock and Fish program’s research

From 24-28 March 2014, people working in or supporting the research themes of the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish met in Kenya to plan out the coming 10 years of the program (including the 2015-2015 ‘extension’ phase). Linking the program’s work on research discovery and delivery and setting out flagship projects were also a key focus of the meeting. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Capacity Development / Capacity Strengthening / Event / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH

Tools for feed resources assessment and feed technology prioritization focus of ILRI–ICRISAT training

Feed availability is a critical constraint in livestock systems. If feed is not available, animals become unproductive or die, and smallholder livelihoods are threatened. Determining the most appropriate interventions needs to mobilize biological, socio-economic and market expertise to match local needs and demands to produce ‘best-fit’ technical interventions. The Feed Resources Assessment (FEAST) and the … Continue reading

Aquaculture / Event / Fish / LIVESTOCK-FISH / PIL / PIM / Uganda / Value Chains

Identifying aquaculture development interventions in Uganda through a value chain approach

In September 2013, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) organized an Agrifood Chain Toolkit Conference in Kampala. This event was co-sponsored by the CGIAR research programs on LIvestock and Fish and Policies, Institutions and Markets. The objective of the meeting was to gather together value chain researchers with practitioners developing livestock and fish value chains … Continue reading

East Africa / Event / LIVESTOCK-FISH / PIL / PIM / Uganda / Value Chains

Agrifood chain toolkit conference – researchers and practitioners unpack value chain analysis

The CGIAR research programs on ‘Livestock and Fish’, and ‘Policies, Institutions and Markets’ recently joined forces to bring together nearly 60 participants interested in value chain analysis. Meeting in Kampala, the event explored the challenges behind value chain analysis and sought to enrich the AgriFood chain toolkit. Over the three days, the participants discussed a … Continue reading

Africa / Cattle / Dairying / Event / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Tanzania dairy master plan set to raise milk production to 6 bn litres

On 22 August 2013, Tanzania held a 2nd Dairy Development Forum (DDF) meeting in Dar es Salaam. Reporting from the meeting, the Guardian reported that the ‘Livestock and Fisheries ministry together with Tanzania Dairy Board (TDB) are in the process of framing a National Dairy Master Plan aimed at increasing efficiency and productivity in the … Continue reading

Cattle / Central America / CGIAR / CIAT / Event / Impact Assessment / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Nicaragua / Value Chains

Defining impact pathways for the Nicaragua dual-purpose cattle value chain

From 5 – 9 August, 2013 a 5-day workshop was held in Managua, Nicaragua to define value chain impact pathways and develop an initial framework for the program’s implementation strategy in the country. The workshop incorporated participants from a wide range of stakeholders, including representatives of smallholder farmer associations, national and international extension partners, national … Continue reading

Animal Feeding / ASSP / CGIAR / CIAT / Event / Feeds / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / RTB / West Africa

Developing a cassava-based livestock feed system in Africa

The government of Nigeria has initiated a ‘cassava transformation plan ‘to create a new generation of cassava farmers, oriented towards commercial production to generate a surplus dedicated to specific value-added chains. The overarching aim is to turn the cassava sector in Nigeria into a major player in local and international flour, starch, sweeteners, ethanol, and … Continue reading