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 / ASSP / Burundi / Central Africa / Crop-Livestock / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Livestock / NRM / Project

Improved farm productivity through crop–livestock interventions in the DRC and Burundi

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 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 / Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Legumes

Understanding niches for multi-purpose-legume intensification in smallholder farming systems: Early applications of the decision-support Legume CHOICE tool in Ethiopia

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). Continue reading

Promoting collective marketing in Ethiopia to ensure smallholder farmer access to domestic and international grain markets
Africa / ASSP / East Africa / Ethiopia / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Legumes / Markets

Promoting collective marketing in Ethiopia to ensure smallholder farmer access to domestic and international grain markets

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. Continue reading

Public-private partnerships for sustainable legume technology dissemination in Ethiopia
Africa / ASSP / East Africa / Ethiopia / Food Safety / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Legumes

Public-private partnerships for sustainable legume technology dissemination in Ethiopia

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. Continue reading