Value chains http://feed.informer.com/digests/SUCGM4EZI5/feeder Value chains Respective post owners and feed distributors Tue, 27 Nov 2018 14:34:38 +0000 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Top of the tree: FTA in 2018 http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/top-of-the-tree-fta-in-2018/ Forests, Trees and Agroforestry urn:uuid:5471c5c2-2816-b96c-e86e-00f902979115 Wed, 19 Dec 2018 02:00:49 +0000 The year 2018 saw the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) chalk up some notable achievements in the worlds of sustainable development, food security and addressing climate change. A number of the program’s research findings reverberated throughout the scientific community, impacting discussions at major events and informing work on the ground. Read on to find out which [&#8230;] <p class="p1"><b><i>The year 2018 saw the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) chalk up some notable achievements in the worlds of sustainable development, food security and addressing climate change.</i></b></p> <div id="attachment_64761" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><img class="size-medium wp-image-64761" src="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/31332550446_b050236a02_z-300x199.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="199" srcset="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/31332550446_b050236a02_z-300x199.jpg 300w, http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/31332550446_b050236a02_z.jpg 640w, http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/31332550446_b050236a02_z-600x398.jpg 600w, http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/31332550446_b050236a02_z-204x135.jpg 204w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /><p class="wp-caption-text">A variety of mango grows on a farm in Machakos County, Kenya. Photo by ICRAF</p></div> <p class="p1">A number of the program’s research findings reverberated throughout the scientific community, impacting discussions at major events and informing work on the ground.</p> <p class="p1">Read on to find out which <a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/articles/">news articles</a>, <a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/resources/">research publications</a>, <a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/presentations/">presentations</a> and <a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/videos/">videos</a> were most-viewed on the FTA website throughout the year.</p> <p class="p1">Gender, agroforestry and combating deforestation were strong points of interest among news articles, topped off by research on orphan crops – underutilized crops that are being brought out of the shadows by plant breeding – which was also covered by <a href="https://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21731614-nutrition-and-genetics-africa-improving-plants-africans-eat-and?frsc=dg%7Ce">The Economist</a> and the <a href="https://www.ft.com/content/ab7092b2-c545-11e7-b30e-a7c1c7c13aab">Financial Times</a>. The 10 most-viewed news articles on the FTA website in 2018 are as follows.</p> <ol class="ol1"> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/orphan-crops-for-improving-diets/">Orphan crops for improving diets</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/the-power-of-science-to-halt-deforestation/">The power of science to halt deforestation</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/climate-change-atlas-presents-suitability-maps-for-agroforestry-species-in-central-america/">Climate change atlas presents suitability maps for agroforestry species in Central America</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/halting-deforestation-is-everyones-fight/">Halting deforestation is ‘everyone’s fight’</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/ftas-research-domain-on-livelihood-systems-receives-strong-rating/">FTA’s research domain on livelihood systems receives strong rating</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/picks-and-spades-can-triple-farmers-yields-in-kenyan-drylands/">Picks and spades can triple farmers’ yields in Kenyan drylands</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/good-investments-in-agriculture-and-forestry-can-benefit-smallholders-and-landscapes/">Good investments in agriculture and forestry can benefit smallholders and landscapes</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/innovation-and-excellence-from-chocolate-producers/">Innovation and excellence from chocolate producers</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/agroforestry-offers-pathways-to-sustainable-landscape-restoration/">Agroforestry offers pathways to sustainable landscape restoration</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/woman-on-a-mission-pushing-for-rights-and-a-seat-at-the-decision-making-table/">Woman on a mission: Pushing for rights and a seat at the decision-making table</a></li> </ol> <div class="mceTemp"></div> <div id="attachment_62062" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="size-medium wp-image-62062" src="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/5656984958_7f29b3ba5e_z-300x200.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="200" srcset="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/5656984958_7f29b3ba5e_z-300x200.jpg 300w, http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/5656984958_7f29b3ba5e_z.jpg 640w, http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/5656984958_7f29b3ba5e_z-600x400.jpg 600w, http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/5656984958_7f29b3ba5e_z-202x135.jpg 202w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Findings have shed new light on the role of forests and trees in the climate debate. Photo by Eko Prianto/CIFOR</p></div> <p class="p1">Research publications are of course not only viewed via the FTA website but also via the websites of partner institutions or scientific journals.</p> <p class="p1">Of those collated on the FTA website, however, the top 10 most-viewed encompassed ecosystem services, value chains and climate, along with the relationship between trees and water – a popular topic that was the subject of a <a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/cool-insights-for-a-hot-world-virtual-symposium/">two-day symposium</a> in 2017 and a <a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/fta-iufro-discussion-forum-at-glf/">follow-up discussion forum</a> in 2018:</p> <ol class="ol1"> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/co-investment-in-ecosystem-services-global-lessons-from-payment-and-incentive-schemes/">Co-investment in ecosystem services: global lessons from payment and incentive schemes</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/analysis-of-gender-research-on-forest-tree-and-agroforestry-value-chains-in-latin-america/">Analysis of gender research on forest, tree and agroforestry value chains in Latin America</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/decision-support-tools-for-forest-landscape-restoration-current-status-and-future-outlook/">Decision support tools for forest landscape restoration: Current status and future outlook</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/certifying-environmental-social-responsibility-special-issue/">Certifying Environmental Social Responsibility: Special Issue</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/suitability-of-key-central-american-agroforestry-species-under-future-climates-an-atlas/">Suitability of key Central American agroforestry species under future climates: an atlas</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/landscape-restoration-in-kenya-addressing-gender-equality/">Landscape Restoration in Kenya: Addressing gender equality</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/forest-ecosystem-services-and-the-pillars-of-bhutans-gross-national-happiness/">Forest ecosystem services and the pillars of Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/tropical-forest-transition-landscapes-a-portfolio-for-studying-people-tree-crops-and-agro-ecological-change-in-context/">Tropical forest-transition landscapes: a portfolio for studying people, tree crops and agro-ecological change in context</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/trees-forests-and-water-cool-insights-for-a-hot-world/">Trees, forests and water: Cool insights for a hot world</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/bridging-molecular-genetics-and-participatory-research-how-access-and-benefit-sharing-stimulate-interdisciplinary-research-for-tropical-biology-and-conservation/">Bridging molecular genetics and participatory research: how access and benefit-sharing stimulate interdisciplinary research for tropical biology and conservation</a></li> </ol> <div id="attachment_68932" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><img class="size-medium wp-image-68932" src="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/strengthening-womens-tenure-and-rights-to-forests-and-trees-and-their-participation-in-decision-making-1-638-300x225.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" srcset="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/strengthening-womens-tenure-and-rights-to-forests-and-trees-and-their-participation-in-decision-making-1-638-300x225.jpg 300w, http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/strengthening-womens-tenure-and-rights-to-forests-and-trees-and-their-participation-in-decision-making-1-638.jpg 638w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Strengthening women’s tenure and rights to forests and trees and their participation in decision making.</p></div> <p class="p1">As always, FTA scientists presented their work to colleagues and to broader audiences at workshops and events around the world. The top 10 most-viewed presentations of those collected on the FTA website looked at governance, REDD+ and tenure.</p> <ol class="ol1"> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/comparing-governance-reforms-to-restore-the-forest-commons-in-nepal-china-and-ethiopia/">Comparing governance reforms to restore the forest commons in Nepal, China and Ethiopia</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/a-personal-take-on-forest-landscapes-restoration-in-africa/">A personal take on forest landscapes restoration in Africa</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/strengthening-womens-tenure-and-rights-to-forests-and-trees-and-their-participation-in-decision-making/">Strengthening women’s tenure and rights to forests and trees and their participation in decision making</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/are-there-differences-between-men-and-women-in-redd-benefit-sharing-schemes/">Are there differences between men and women in REDD+ benefit sharing schemes?</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/conflict-in-collective-land-and-forest-formalization-a-preliminary-analysis/">Conflict in collective land and forest formalization: a preliminary analysis</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/implications-of-the-asean-economic-community-aec-for-trans-boundary-agricultural-commodities-forests-and-smallholder-farmers/">Implications of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) for trans-boundary agricultural commodities, forests and smallholder farmers</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/reconciling-policy-and-practice-in-the-co-management-of-forests-in-indigenous-territories/">Reconciling policy and practice in the co-management of forests in indigenous territories</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/informing-gender-responsive-climate-policy-and-action/">Informing gender-responsive climate policy and action</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/assessing-redd-readiness-to-maximize-climate-finance-impact/">Assessing REDD+ readiness to maximize climate finance impact</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/forest-policy-reform-to-enhance-smallholder-participation-in-landscape-restoration-the-peruvian-case/">Forest policy reform to enhance smallholder participation in landscape restoration: The Peruvian case</a></li> </ol> <div class="mceTemp"></div> <div id="attachment_65245" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="size-medium wp-image-65245" src="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/0-3-300x225.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" srcset="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/0-3-300x225.jpg 300w, http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/0-3-420x315.jpg 420w, http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/0-3-400x300.jpg 400w, http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/0-3-180x135.jpg 180w, http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/0-3.jpg 480w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Drone technology for science.</p></div> <p class="p1">FTA’s partner institutions produced compelling video content in 2018, drawing in viewers interested in drones, nutrition, landscapes and more. The top 10 most-viewed videos posted on the FTA website are as follows.</p> <ol class="ol1"> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/agroforestry-in-landscape-restoration-for-livelihoods-climate-and-ecosystem-services/">Agroforestry in landscape restoration for livelihoods, climate and ecosystem services</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/drone-technology-for-science/">Drone technology for science</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/67304-2/">Daniel Murdiyarso talks about the interaction between land and oceans</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/expansion-of-oil-palm-plantations-into-forests-appears-to-be-changing-local-diets-in-indonesia/">Expansion of oil palm plantations into forests appears to be changing local diets in Indonesia</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/lessons-learned-from-redd-progress-in-8-countries-and-the-way-forward/">Lessons learned from REDD+: progress in 8 countries and the way forward</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/restoring-landscapes-respecting-rights/">Restoring landscapes, respecting rights</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/creating-a-movement-on-sustainable-landscapes/">Creating a movement on sustainable landscapes</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/developing-and-applying-a-landscapes-approach-for-sustainable-management-of-landscapes/">Developing and applying an approach for the sustainable management of landscapes</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/social-inclusion-equity-and-rights-in-the-context-of-restoration-lessons-from-the-ground/">Social inclusion, equity and rights in the context of restoration – lessons from the ground</a></li> <li class="li1"><a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/integrated-landscapes-approaches-from-theory-to-practice/">Integrated landscapes approaches: From theory to practice</a></li> </ol> <p class="p1">Finally, a special mention goes to a well-received infographic from FTA’s gender team: <a href="http://foreststreesagroforestry.org/gender-matters-in-forest-landscape-restoration/">Gender matters in forest landscape restoration</a>.</p> <p class="p1">As the program forges ahead into 2019, it expects to see a continued presence at high-level events and even wider dissemination of its work, in line with its innovative research projects ongoing around the world to further the contributions of forests, trees and agroforestry to sustainable development.</p> Tackling barriers to women’s participation in soybean value chains http://gldc.cgiar.org/tackling-barriers-to-womens-participation-in-soybean-value-chains/ Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals urn:uuid:e0c14a00-1fe0-97dd-bec3-9e4fe3f0c194 Sat, 03 Nov 2018 11:13:23 +0000 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://gldc.cgiar.org/tackling-barriers-to-womens-participation-in-soybean-value-chains/">Tackling barriers to women’s participation in soybean value chains</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://gldc.cgiar.org">Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals</a>.</p> <div class="et_pb_section et_pb_section_2 et_section_regular"> <div class=" et_pb_row et_pb_row_2"> <div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_3"> <div class="et_pb_text et_pb_module et_pb_bg_layout_light et_pb_text_align_left et_pb_text_2"> <p>In Mozambique and Malawi, the agriculture sector offers huge potential to improve the lives of rural households, which make up a signficiant share of the local population and depend mainly on farming for their livelihoods. Estimates suggest that agriculture employs up to 80% of the active workforce in these two countries.</p> <p>Compared to maize that has traditionally been grown in the region, soybean is one of the key crops that are currently being promoted in Southern Africa, promising to provide a way out of poverty to smallholder farmers as well as boost their household food and nutrition security. However, many smallholder farmers have missed out on these potential benefits due to a major constraint limiting the crop’s continued expansion: the lack of improved quality seed.</p> <p>With the recognition that effective integration of gender issues in breeding and scaling out seed systems program will help in improving food security, livelihoods and community well-being, a new study, undertaken as part of the <a href="http://gldc.cgiar.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals</a> (CRP-GLDC), aims to understand the role of gender and identify potential barriers for men’s and women’s participation along the soybean seed value chain.</p> <p>A major focus of various cluster of activities (CoA) under the Priority Setting and Impact Acceleration flagship program of CRP-GLDC is on enhancing gender integration and social inclusion in the drylands. Putting the spotlight on key areas of soybean seed value chain such as access to input supply, production and marketing, the study titled “Assessing Opportunities for Women’s Involvement in Soybean Value Chains of Mozambique and Malawi” will be used to select and design gender interventions specific to the local context.</p> <div id="attachment_209973" style="width: 1034px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img class="wp-image-209973 size-large" src="http://gldc.cgiar.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Men-Focus-Group-Discussion-1024x678.jpg" alt="Women’s Focus Group Discussion in Chileka EPA, Lilongwe District-Malawi." width="1024" height="678" srcset="http://gldc.cgiar.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Men-Focus-Group-Discussion-1024x678.jpg 1024w, http://gldc.cgiar.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Men-Focus-Group-Discussion-300x199.jpg 300w, http://gldc.cgiar.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Men-Focus-Group-Discussion-768x509.jpg 768w, http://gldc.cgiar.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Men-Focus-Group-Discussion-1080x715.jpg 1080w, http://gldc.cgiar.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Men-Focus-Group-Discussion.jpg 1400w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Women’s Focus Group Discussion in Chileka EPA, Lilongwe District-Malawi.</p></div> <p>The study employed a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods, including interviews with men and women which were conducted during focus group discussions. Each focus group was comprised of at least 10 individuals. Some of the questions asked during interviews were aimed at exploring how gender roles and power relations influence availability and accessibility of improved soybean seed varieties among men and women farmers.</p> <p>480 men and women participated in these sessions in Lilongwe, Mchinji, and Dedza districts of Malawi from August-September. Nearly 1,800 farmers are taking part in a similar exercise in Nampula, Manica, Tete, Zambezia provinces of Mozambique.</p> <p>The ongoing data collection and subsequent analysis will help identify factors and behavioral patterns that create gender inequalities which can lead to valuable insights for future investments in the development of the soybean seed value chain.</p> </div> <!-- .et_pb_text --> </div> <!-- .et_pb_column --><div class="et_pb_column et_pb_column_4_4 et_pb_column_4 et_pb_column_empty"> </div> <!-- .et_pb_column --> </div> <!-- .et_pb_row --> </div> <!-- .et_pb_section --> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://gldc.cgiar.org/tackling-barriers-to-womens-participation-in-soybean-value-chains/">Tackling barriers to women’s participation in soybean value chains</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://gldc.cgiar.org">Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals</a>.</p> Ethiopia partners prioritize technologies for increasing productivity of small ruminants and poultry https://livestock.cgiar.org/2018/09/05/ethiopia-partners-prioritize-technologies-for-increasing-productivity-of-small-ruminants-and-poultry/ CGIAR Research Program on Livestock urn:uuid:db4bfa73-242e-817c-d9be-92019035a99a Wed, 05 Sep 2018 08:24:57 +0000 Initial discussions by livestock sector stakeholders in Ethiopia, under the new Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) project, have identified key technology delivery priorities for increasing the productivity and profitability of the small ruminant and poultry value chains in the country. <span class="more-link"><a href="https://livestock.cgiar.org/2018/09/05/ethiopia-partners-prioritize-technologies-for-increasing-productivity-of-small-ruminants-and-poultry/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></span> <div style="width: 810px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a title="TAAT inception workshop" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ilri/43044952674/in/album-72157698040153241/"><img class=" alignleft" src="https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1800/43044952674_103c156efe_c.jpg" alt="TAAT inception workshop" width="800" height="534" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text"><em>A Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) project inception and planning workshop was held in Ethiopia in June 2018 (photo credit: ILRI/Bethlehem Alemu).</em></p></div> <p>Initial discussions by livestock sector stakeholders in Ethiopia, under the new Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) project, have identified improved poultry breeds, access to animal health service and improved feed and feed resources as key technology delivery priorities for increasing the productivity and profitability of the small ruminant and poultry in the country.</p> <p>In an inception and planning workshop of the TAAT livestock compact held 21–22 June 2018 at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Addis Ababa, 47 participants representing the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), national and regional research centres and the office of livestock and agriculture, agreed to hasten the establishment of partnerships to leverage resources and infrastructure for small ruminant livestock and poultry value chain development.</p> <p>TAAT is exploring ways of fast-tracking the adoption of proven technologies in<span style="color:#333333;"> animal </span>genetics, health, production, and marketing to increase the productivity and profitability of agricultural value chains in Ethiopia and other African countries. It is an initiative of the African Development Bank&#8217;s <a href="https://www.afdb.org/fileadmin/uploads/afdb/Documents/Policy-Documents/Feed_Africa-Strategy-En.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Feed Africa Strategy</a> that aims to achieve major agricultural transformations in Africa.</p> <p>Participants in the meeting discussed ‘quick win’ scalable interventions that will be rolled out this year and identified the stakeholders they will work with including national research institutes, NGOs, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock to unleash a national technology delivery infrastructure that will enhance animal production in Ethiopia.</p> <p>Some of the livestock production technologies identified for scaling at the meeting include dissemination of improved poultry breeds, enhanced access to animal health services, improved feed and feed resources for sheep and goat fattening and improved market access approaches. The project will also facilitate networks with stakeholders to support technology adoption. Key policy issues in relation to land use, extension, and seed supply were also discussed.</p> <p>Representatives from key TAAT partners and livestock sector stakeholders including the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), the Ethio-chicken project and two ILRI-led projects—Africa RISING and the African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG)—presented their research and lessons at the meeting. Kindu Mekonnen, a crop-livestock systems scientist at ILRI, shared Africa RISING’s experience in using action research and scaling out technologies such as the sweet lupin legume for livestock forages and the improved feed trough. The two technologies have been tested in Lemo District in the Southern Nations and Nationalities region and are ready for scaling up to other parts of Ethiopia.</p> <p>The importance of sustainable seed systems, allocating land for livestock feed production and developing an extension approach that can facilitate adoption by smallholder farmers was emphasized. Participants also stressed the need for information sharing and setting up of innovation platforms to promote rapid adoption of improved poultry genetics and access to a thermostable Newcastle disease vaccine (which will be led by the African Chicken Genetic Gains project). Other technologies to be promoted among smallholders are improved fodder and feed resources for sheep and goat fattening and improved market access for small ruminants and poultry.</p> <p>Iddo Dror, who leads the Impact at Scale Program at ILRI, said TAAT is aiming to support the adoption of existing and proven technologies for livestock development and not to undertake new research. He said the project is leveraging on existing partnerships between CGIAR centres (ILRI, ICARDA, and CIAT), the public and the private sector and other stakeholders in implementing its activities.</p> <div style="width: 810px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><a title="TAAT inception workshop" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ilri/43044954334/in/album-72157698040153241/"><img src="https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1831/43044954334_bbd58eb165_c.jpg" alt="TAAT inception workshop" width="800" height="389" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text"><em>A group discussion at the workshop (photo credit: ILRI/ Adeniyi Samuel).</em></p></div> <p>‘TAAT will enable us to work together in exploring and sharing views and knowledge within the poultry sector which will quicken the transfer and adoption of technologies that have been tested and proven in Ethiopia,’ said Negassi Ameha, animal production and health research subteam leader at Haramaya University.</p> <p>‘Workshops such as this help support the nascent Ethiopian poultry industry. We can adopt advanced technologies that have been used successfully in other African countries rather than reinvent the wheel,&#8217; said  Ulric Daniel, managing director of Ethio-chicken PLC.</p> <p><em>The TAAT livestock compact is a three-year activity led by ILRI and implemented in collaboration with ICARDA and CIAT and many public and private sector partners in Ethiopia, Mali, Nigeria, Zambia, Mozambique, and Cameroon. </em></p> Empowering women in integrated crop-livestock farming through innovation platforms in Zimbabwe https://livestock.cgiar.org/2018/02/27/zimclifs-women-zimbabwe/ CGIAR Research Program on Livestock urn:uuid:2cfd21aa-afad-be0c-4533-86fbc35c41da Tue, 27 Feb 2018 06:01:58 +0000 In Zimbabwe, The ZimCLIFS project used innovation platforms to introduce better livestock feeds, improve market linkages for farmers to benefit from higher livestock productivity and to enhance knowledge and skills among support services enabling upscaling of the impacts of the integrated crop-livestock systems. <span class="more-link"><a href="https://livestock.cgiar.org/2018/02/27/zimclifs-women-zimbabwe/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">&#8594;</span></a></span> <p><img class="alignright size-medium" src="https://cgspace.cgiar.org/bitstream/handle/10568/90971/oar_icrisat_feb2018.pdf.jpg" width="200" height="300" />The &#8216;integrating crop and livestock production for improved food security and livelihoods in rural Zimbabwe&#8217; project in Zimbabwe aimed to promote more diversified and better integrated crop-livestock farming systems by, among other interventions, promoting better access of women to higher value crops and livestock.</p> <p>The project used <a href="https://cgspace.cgiar.org/handle/10568/33667" target="_blank" rel="noopener">innovation platforms</a> to introduce better livestock feeds, improve market linkages for farmers to benefit from higher livestock productivity and to enhance knowledge and skills among support services enabling upscaling of the impacts of the integrated crop-livestock systems.</p> <p>Key messages from this project are captured in this brief:</p> <p>i. Innovation platforms empower women in agriculture significantly. In Zimbabwe, women play a significant role as decision makers regarding commodities such as goats and groundnuts. Innovation platforms that promote these commodities help women amplify their voice in exploring opportunities,<br /> find solutions to challenges that they face and ultimately improve their competence, confidence,<br /> and standing in their family and community.</p> <p>ii. Market development can reduce gender inequalities. When women have better access to markets,<br /> inputs, machinery and knowledge, their position within the household is reinforced. Their<br /> contribution to total incomes increases, as does their decision-making power and confidence.</p> <p>iii. Sustainable development comes with greater gender parity in farm and household management. Detailed analysis of women and men’s situation at farm and household level and the demonstration<br /> of its impact on families’ food security, education and health is necessary to support positive<br /> changes. Gender- sensitive innovation platforms support sustainable rural development as they<br /> not only build more productive and resilient farms, more profitable and inclusive value chains,<br /> but also stronger families and communities.</p> <p><a href="http://hdl.handle.net/10568/90971" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Read the brief</a>:</p> <p>Homann-Kee Tui, S., Senda, T., Dube, T. and Rooyen, A. van. 2018. Empowering women in integrated crop-livestock farming through innovation platforms: Experience in semi-arid Zimbabwe. Hyderabad, India: ICRISAT.</p> <p><em>This brief is a product of the &#8216;Integrating crop and livestock production for improved food security and livelihoods in rural Zimbabwe&#8217; project financed by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.</em></p>