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FEED THE FUTURE INNOVATION LAB FOR LIVESTOCK SYSTEMS

FEED THE FUTURE INNOVATION LAB FOR LIVESTOCK SYSTEMS

Extending our reach:

Symposium on improving human nutrition and incomes through effective livestock research and extension partnerships

APRIL 25-26, 2019 | Hotel Yak and Yeti, KATHMANDU, NEPAL

farmers Nepal

Symposium Summary April 2019 (PDF)

PRESENTATIONS & POSTERS

Introduction

In collaboration with national partners in the focal countries, the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems conducts annual Global Nutrition Symposia as one of two premier multi-stakeholder knowledge sharing platforms for participatory priority development, dialogue, and research to development linkages. This ensures that the Lab’s research has practical relevance and leads to solid developmental impacts. The event is held in a different country every year, and the Lab is delighted that the Government of Nepal, specifically the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, agreed to host the event in Kathmandu this year.

Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative, supports more than twenty Innovation Labs that leverage research partnerships between US universities and foreign institutions to improve food and nutrition security, agriculture-led economic growth and resilience in target countries.

Since one of the shared goals of the Innovation Labs is to improve human nutrition, The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition has been holding an annual Scientific Symposium on Agriculture - Nutrition pathways in Nepal with key stakeholders for the last nine years. Similarly, the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems has been holding Global Nutrition Symposia for the last three years in different countries, and these focus on increasing production and consumption of animal-source foods to improve nutrition, health and incomes. These symposia align with the vision of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems to sustainably intensify smallholder livestock systems in order to improve the nutrition, health, livelihoods and incomes of the poor.

This Symposium will bring together ministers and other key policy-makers, researchers, public and private sector extensionists, producer organizations, as well as university administrators, to discuss the global relevance of bridging research to extension and agriculture to nutrition linkages for improving human nutrition and livestock production. We will share promising examples of how partnerships between researchers and various types of extension and advisory service providers can increase the production and consumption of nutritious animal-source foods (ASF). Together, we will develop actionable strategies to bridge gaps to improve nutrition, health, and economic outcomes especially for women and children.  The Symposium will highlight pathways for connecting research and extension services provided by the public and private sectors as well as civil society in different countries to foster more effective research delivery and diffusion through partnership with extension and advisory services in developing countries.

Symposium Objectives and Outcomes:

At the completion of the symposium, participants will

  • understand the importance of invigorating partnerships between research and extension for improving human nutrition and livestock productivity;
  • obtain a broad global perspective of different experiences to achieve this goal;
  • jointly identify innovative strategies and mechanisms, public-private pathways to better connect livestock research with extension and livestock production with human nutrition;
  • develop country-focused action plans to enhance human nutrition through better research to extension linkages.

Presentations

Speaker

Presentation

Master of Ceremony: Ms. Neena Joshi, Heifer International Nepal

Chair: Dr. Bimal Kumar Nirmal, Director General of Department of Livestock Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MoALD)

  • Dr. Adegbola Adesogan, Director, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems: University of Florida (UF)
  • Dr. Shubh N. Mahato, Country Director, Heifer International
  • Dr. Nick Place, Dean and Director of Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Extension, UF
  • Ms. Kristen MacNaughtan, Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Ms. Amy Tohill-Stull, Mission Director, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Nepal
  • Dr. Usha Jha, Member of the National Planning Commission (TBC)
  • Mr. Prakash Mathema, Secretary for Livestock Production and Animal Health, MoALD
  • Honorable Minister Chakrapani Khanal, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development
Moderator: Dr. Shibani Ghosh, Associate Director, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition, Tufts University

Setting the Stage: Animal source foods consumption and safety to improve human nutrition

Role of agriculture in achieving human nutrition outcomes: Focus on livestock and animal source foods

 

Dr. Laurie C. Miller, Professor, Pediatrics, School of Medicine; and Adjunct Professor, Nutrition, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University
 
Dr. Ahmed Kablan, Senior Nutrition Research Adviser USAID Bureau for Resilience and Food Security

Food Safety & ASF (Animal-source Foods)

Dr. Silvia Alonso, Senior Scientists, International Livestock Research Institute Animal-human interactions and the nutrition dimension: Considerations for agricultural/veterinary extension services and beyond

Chair: Kristen MacNaughtan

Frameworks and definitions

Chair: Kristen MacNaughtan, EAB members

Diversity is a key strength of extension and agricultural advisory services around the world.  Multiple systems, models, and approaches have been created and/or adopted to meet the educational needs of a variety of audiences and contexts. This same strength can also transform into a challenge when researchers, extensionists, and other stakeholders need to communicate with each other. This session will provide an overview and definitions of the main systems, models, approaches, and other topics within extension required to better understand its scope, organizational structure, and linkages necessary for collaboration. 

Dr. Sebastian Galindo, Assistant Professor Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, University of Florida

Introducing a framework for describing research and extension systems: Key definitions & examples

Dr. Brian Myers, Head, Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, University of Florida  

Chair: Kristen MacNaughtan

Sharing models for improving human nutrition and incomes through effective livestock research and extension partnerships - Country level and systems perspective

Chair: Kristen MacNaughtan, EAB member

Dr. Saqib Mukhtar, Associate Dean for Extension, UF/IFAS Extension

USA

The origins of the U.S. Land Grant system, how it continues to evolve, and how it serves the increasing demand for food and nutrition education

Dr. Nick Place, Dean and Director, UF/IFAS Extension

 
Dr. Sam Churl Kim, Associate Professor Department of Animal Science, Gyeongsang National University, Republic of Korea

 Korea   

Cooperative extension program in South Korea: The case of Hanwoo (Korean native beef cattle) in Gyeongnam province

Dr. Mahesh Chander, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Livestock Extension

India

Extension interventions for improving livestock production towards better human nutrition: The case of India

Dr. Joseph Mureithi, Deputy Director General (Livestock), Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization, KALRO, Kenya

Kenya

Effective livestock research and extension partnerships: The case of community based participatory approaches for upscaling livestock technologies in Kenya

   

Chair: Dr. Harinder Makkar 

Sharing models for improving human nutrition and incomes through effective livestock research and extension partnerships – Case studies

 

Ms. Neena Joshi, Director of Programs, Heifer International Nepal

Examples from Heifer International Nepal

Heifer Nepal: Improving human nutrition & income

Dr. Laurie C. Miller, Professor, Pediatrics, School of Medicine; and Adjunct Professor, Nutrition, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

 
Doj Raj Khanal, Senior Animal Health Researcher, Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC)

Examples from the Department of Livestock Services and the Nepal Agricultural Research Council

Sharing models for improving human nutrition and incomes through effective livestock research and extension partnerships: Case studies

Dr. Bimal Kumar Nirmal, Director General, DLS

 

Prof. Xusheng Guo, Langzhou University, P. R. China
     

Developing the silage industry to alleviate poverty

Dr. Tek Gurung, NARC, and Iain Wright, Deputy Director General for Research and Development–Integrated Sciences, ILRI, and EAB member Wrap up for the day
   

Friday, April 26

Chair: Iain Wright, Deputy Director General for Research and Development–Integrated Sciences, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and EAB member

Improving human nutrition and incomes through effective livestock research and extension partnerships – Examples from the focus countries of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems

Panel sessions with high level ministry and academic representatives from the focal countries debating the following questions:

  • What, if any, barriers exist in your country in linking (livestock) research and extension, both public and private, which limit livestock productivity and improved nutrition through consumption of animal source foods?
  • If yes, are these technical? Institutional? or policy related? Please describe them.
  • What would it take to have a seamless integration of nutrition, research, and extension in your country - and to achieve the vision of ending malnutrition and stunting?
9:00 am 

 

9:05 am 

Nepal & Cambodia

Moderator: Dr. Varijaksha Panicker Padmakumar, ILRI

Panelists:

  • Mahendra P. Shrestha, Chief, Coordination Division, Ministry of Health and Population
  • Mr. Prakash Mathema Secretary for Livestock Production and Animal Health, MoALD
  • Dr. Mana Raj Kolakshyapati, Registrar, Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU)
  • Mr. Kim Savoeun, Deputy Director General, General Directorate of Animal Health and Production Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Cambodia
9:30 am 

Ethiopia & Rwanda                                              Moderator: Dr. Emily Ouma, Senior Scientist, ILRI

Panelists:

  • Dr. Laetitia Nyinawamwiza, Principal, University of Rwanda, College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Rwanda
  • Mr. Fabrice Ndayisenga, Director of Livestock Research and Extension, Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board, Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Rwanda
  • Zeleke Mekuriaw, Coordinator for East Africa, ILRI
  • Mulu Balehegn Gebremikael, Coordinator for Equip projects, UF

9:50 am

Burkina Faso & Niger

Moderator: Dr. Moctar Karimou, Mercy Corps Niger, and Dr. Larbi Asamoah, EAB member

Panelists:

  • Dr. Bangana Ibrahim, Technical Advisor to the Minister, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Niger
  • Mr. Aboubacar Mahamadou, Head, Nutrition Unit and Knowledge Management Division, Office of the High Commissioner for the 3N Initiative, Niger
  • Prof. Abdourahamane Balla, Professor in Agronomy and Biological Engineering. Scientific and Pedagogic Coordinator of CRESA Niger, University Abdou Moumouni, Niger
  • Dr. Issa Sawadogo, Director General of Animal Production, Ministry of Animal and Fishery Resources, Burkina Faso
  • Prof. Valérie Bougouma-Yaméogo, Research Director, Nazi Boni University, Institute for Rural Development, Burkina Faso

10:15 am

 Coffee and tea break

   

 Session VI: 10:40 am

Developing actionable strategies

Chair: Dr. Joyce Turk, EAB member

10:45 am        

Break out into parallel thematic groups

  1. Innovative approaches to effectively link livestock research and extension practice
  2. Behavioral change communication strategies and partnerships to improve human nutrition
  3. Youth, gender, and livestock extension systems
11:45 am            

Working group presentations and discussions in plenum

Summary statement of actionable strategies from each thematic area (15 minutes each), then time for questions and comments from the audience.

12:30 pm          

Lunch break

Session VII: 1:30 pm    

Policy initiatives

Chairs: Dr. Bimal Kumar Nirmal, DLS

 1:30 pm    

Panel discussion

Panelists: Representatives of each country. Government representative comments first and university representative responds

Which two of the following options are the most critical areas requiring policy change in your country and why?

  1. Breaking down of institutional barriers between agriculture and nutrition
  2. Breaking down institutional barriers between research and extension
  3. Providing adequate funding and other incentives for conducting research and/ or improving extension
  4. Ensuring continuity of important research despite changing political priorities
  5. Ensuring adoption and sustaining impact of new technologies
  6. Commercialization and scaling of technologies/innovations developed by researchers
  7. Greater engagement of the private sector in commercializing technologies or innovations
2:30 pm 

The way forward

Chair: Dr. Nick Place, UF/IFAS

Statements from country representatives about what they recommend policy makers and key stakeholders should change based on what they learned here

Session VIII: 3:00 pm             

Closing

  • Closing remarks by Dr. Bimal Kumar Nirmal and Dr. Iain Wright
  • Vote of thanks by Dr. Adegbola Adesogan, UF

Review the presentations from previous symposia:

2018 Global Nutrition Symposium2017 Global Nutrition Symposium

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