On 11 July 2017, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in collaboration with the State Department of Livestock (SDL) – Government of Kenya and the Africa Drylands Institute of Sustainability (ADIS) of the University of Nairobi, organized and facilitated a stakeholders’ workshop to showcase the different models used in establishing market information systems and identify ways of working together to achieve sustainable livestock market information systems.
In December 2015, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MALF) in Tanzania signed a collaborative research agreement to jointly implement the third phase of the Sustainable Rangeland Management Project (SRMP), in which the key innovation of the is joint village land use planning, to secure resources such as grazing areas shared across village boundaries.
Livestock routes are essential to herders in eastern Africa, who use them to access water, feed and markets. But, political and economic marginalization is putting pressure on the natural resources pastoralists rely on, causing conflicts and loss of value. Mapping current land uses has improved stakeholders’ understanding of how to protect the mobility of livestock and people as is required for sustainable pastoral systems.
Under the livestock component of the Feed the Future Kenya Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) program, ILRI is implementing a three – tier train – a – trainer model to train veterinarians and community disease reporters on the symptoms of prevalent livestock diseases.
This poster, produced for the Tropentag 2016 conference, explains how two scaling frameworks were used to identify knowledge gaps and learning opportunities in exclosure management and policy solutions to draw attention to possible ‘blind-spots’ and ‘win-win’ solutions that may affect the widespread success of exclosures in Ethiopia and elsewhere.
ILRI and other partners under the Feed the Future Kenya Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) project is working towards improving the quality of livestock kept by pastoralists and to boost their productivity through better herd management practices. The project is working in Isiolo, Garissa, Marsabit, Wajir and Turkana counties in northern Kenya.
Improving the value of livestock and its productivity through better animal disease surveillance and improved healthcare for animals is one of the key goals of the Feed the Future Kenya Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) program.