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.
This week’s Joint International Conference of the Association of Institutions for Tropical Veterinary Medicine and the Society of Tropical Veterinary Medicine featured a poster on a new ILRI project on improved farm productivity through crop–livestock interventions in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi
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.
Legumes have great potential to contribute to rural livelihoods and natural resources, according to a poster designed by scientists at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).
Building sustainable long term partnerships is essential to improving agricultural yields and the income of smallholder farmers.
Legume-dependent farmers in Ethiopia suffer from low productivity and poor value chain development. Gaining access to domestic and international grain markets would offer farmers an opportunity to increase knowledge and skills and grow their profit margins, helping poverty reduction through the implementation marketing strategies.
In southeastern Ethiopia, reinforcing the development of grain farms is essential as a means of helping farmers improve their income. An International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) poster highlights several farming models which may be useful to enhance the knowledge and skills of and technologies available to farmers growing a variety of grain types.