Capacity Strengthening / CapDev / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Innovation Systems

Learning cases on innovation platforms for agricultural development

In recent years, the CGIAR Research Program on Integrated System for the Humid Tropics, or Humidtropics, supported various capacity development activities around innovation platforms. These included an ‘Innovation Platforms Case Studies Competition’ which led ultimately to a book, an academic article, online learning modules, and a series of learning case studies drawn from those described in the book. Each case provides facilitator materials, exercises and teaching notes. Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / ASSP / Crop Residues / Crop-Livestock / DRYLANDSCRP / ILRI / Intensification / Livestock / Southern Africa / Zimbabwe

Working together to improve the livelihoods of pastoralists in Zimbabwe

Agro-pastoralists in Zimbabwe face a host of challenges, including low-yielding fodder crops, degraded land and volatile markets. Furthermore, due to the prevalence of sector-specific technologies, they lack access to solutions that can improve their integrated production systems. But, with the right training and support, food insecurity can become a thing of the past. Continue reading

N2Africa’s public-private partnerships promoting legumes for food, feed and seed in Ethiopia
Africa / Animal Feeding / ASSP / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Legumes / Markets

N2Africa’s public-private partnerships promoting legumes for food, feed and seed in Ethiopia

Establishing linkages between private and public partners is key to benefit smallholders, according to a poster by scientist from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)-led project N2Africa. The project—targeting four regions in Ethiopia, Amhara, Oromia, Benishangul-Gumuz and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples— seeks build sustainable, long-term partnerships to enable smallholder farmers to benefit from symbiotic N2-fixation by grain legumes through effective production technologies including inoculants and fertilizers. Continue reading

Africa / ASSP / Capacity Strengthening / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / Legumes / Value Chains

N2Africa project strengthening the capacity of partners working within legume value chains in Ethiopia

Stakeholder capacity development ranges from organizational (physical) to enhancing human competencies on improved legume technologies, agribusiness, gender mainstreaming, legume value addition and nutrition. N2Africa project of the International Livestock Research Institute outlines the four pillars of its approach to capacity development in legume value chains. Continue reading

Animal Breeding / Asia / ASSP / Breeds / Goats / ILRI / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Pakistan / Small Ruminants / South Asia

Increasing goat productivity through improved breeding bucks in Bahawalpur, Pakistan

In Pakistan, most farmers have mixed goat breeds without clear breeding objectives; thus the expected genetic improvements are rather arbitrary. The AIP-Livestock project provided two pure Beetal (Makhi-Cheeni) bucks to the local community at Chak 93DB to improve productivity and income from goat production. Five farmers’ goat flocks were involved in this breeding exercise. The … Continue reading