Monitoring and evaluating innovation platforms in livestock value chains

CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish

Growing local and informal markets in Asia and Africa provide both challenges and opportunities for smallholders. In developing countries, market failures often lead to suboptimal performance of the value chains and limited and inequitable participation of the poor.

In recent years, innovation platforms have been promoted as mechanisms to stimulate and support multistakeholder collaboration in the context of research for development. They are recognized as having the potential to link value chain actors, and enhance communication and collaboration to overcome market failures.

This paper sets out a monitoring and evaluation framework to understand and assess the performance of innovation platforms in the context of pro-poor value chains.

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ILRI to lead pilot study on livestock identification and traceability system for IGAD region

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Participants at a workshop on developing a livestock identification and traceability system for the IGAD region Participants of a workshop on developing a livestock identification and traceability system for the IGAD region (photo credit: ILRI/Liya Dejene).

A livestock identification and traceability system will soon be piloted in the Intergovernmental Agency on Development (IGAD) region, following discussions at a workshop held last week (4-5 February) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to review existing national systems and identify practical options towards a harmonized system for the region.

The IGAD region is home to 336 million ruminants and the livestock sector contributes significantly to the economy of countries in the region and to the livelihoods of millions of pastoralists and smallholder livestock keepers and traders.

Regional harmonization of livestock identification and traceability systems, based on international standards of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), would improve coordination of surveillance and control of transboundary animal diseases, thereby enhancing regional trade in livestock and livestock products.

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Guidelines to plan animal breeding programs in West Africa

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This ILRI project report by Karen Marshall is designed to assist partners of the project ‘Sustainable management of globally significant endemic ruminant livestock in West Africa ( PROGEBE )’ in structuring the plans behind their national-level animal breeding programs. It, however, will also be useful to others documenting breeding plans for developing country livestock production systems, outside of this specific project.

The need to develop and document well thought out breeding plans, prior to the commencement of actual breeding activities, cannot be over-stressed. Failure to do so risks failure of the breeding program and waste of scarce development resources.

The development and documentation of the breeding plans will be a considerable task, and should be led by a specific work group in consultation with other stakeholders. Section A of FAO (2010) guideline ‘Breeding strategies for sustainable management of animal genetic resources’ gives further information on how such a…

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Big plans to curb food insecurity

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Barawaka Ali Aliow harvesting tomatoes for sale at her own farm. ADRA Kenya supported families through training in new agricultural techniques allowing them to have nutritional vegetables year-round while also giving them an income source.

Mandera County has put adequate measures in place to tackle food insecurity, an official has said.

According to the Executive Member for Agriculture Muhamud Omar Absiye, school feeding programmes have commenced in a bid to keep children and teachers in school.

Speaking to the Nation, Mr Absiye said the county’s Sh410 million budget for Agriculture will also help curb food shortage in the region.

“Sh900 million has been committed to provision of water to the residents here. We are also ensuring that farmers get on board by providing them seeds and fertiliser subsidies and soon we are building irrigation canals along the River Daua,” he said.

DORMANT SCHEMES

He added that the county government has purchased four tractors to boost farmers.

“Residents have less to worry about as we have already revived six irrigation schemes in Mandera which were dormant,” he said. These include Border Point One, Gadudia, Aresa, Hareri…

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Big plans to curb food insecurity

Foundation for Young Farmers

Barawaka Ali Aliow harvesting tomatoes for sale at her own farm. ADRA Kenya supported families through training in new agricultural techniques allowing them to have nutritional vegetables year-round while also giving them an income source.

Mandera County has put adequate measures in place to tackle food insecurity, an official has said.

According to the Executive Member for Agriculture Muhamud Omar Absiye, school feeding programmes have commenced in a bid to keep children and teachers in school.

Speaking to the Nation, Mr Absiye said the county’s Sh410 million budget for Agriculture will also help curb food shortage in the region.

“Sh900 million has been committed to provision of water to the residents here. We are also ensuring that farmers get on board by providing them seeds and fertiliser subsidies and soon we are building irrigation canals along the River Daua,” he said.

DORMANT SCHEMES

He added that the county government has purchased four tractors to boost farmers.

“Residents have less to worry about as we have already revived six irrigation schemes in Mandera which were dormant,” he said. These include Border Point One, Gadudia, Aresa, Hareri…

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Delivering food security through international trade

One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World?

ID-10035220When discussing global food security, the issues of access and availability commonly come up.  As One Billion Hungry examines, we currently produce enough food to feed the world, although demand is rapidly outpacing supply as populations and incomes rise and as the impacts of climate change escalate, and yet almost 900 million people do not get enough food to eat. Increasing food production, while critical, is unlikely to solve hunger and malnutrition alone. A new report by the Global Harvest Initiative highlights the importance of trade to food security, examining how our global trade systems can and must change to serve the whole of the population.

Coming at a particularly relevant time, following the success of the Bali trade talks and with negotiations for several bilateral trade agreements underway, the report, International Trade and Agriculture: Supporting Value Chains to Deliver Development and Food Security, was developed by GHI in…

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Experts explore One Health options for better control of zoonotic diseases in South Asia

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On 25 November 2013, a regional multi-stakeholder forum on One Health/Ecohealth, with special emphasis on agriculture-associated diseases, was held in New Delhi, India. The event brought together some 50 high-level representatives from the human, animal and environmental health sectors, including international donors, policymakers, developmental agencies and researchers.

Among the several issues discussed was the need for a centralized body or coordination mechanism to address the prevention and control of zoonotic diseases in the South Asia region. With regard to disease surveillance and reporting, it was felt that in countries like India which follow a ‘top-down’ approach, there is need to also incorporate community-based ‘bottom-up’ surveillance that focuses not just on reporting but also on development.

Several participants drew attention to the need to develop robust estimates on how much zoonotic diseases are currently costing the public and private sectors. In order to be able to convince policymakers to invest in One Health…

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