What We Do: Research Projects
The country-based projects were selected and funded based on an open, competitive process.
- Burkina Faso
- Burkina Faso & Niger
- Ethiopia & Burkina Faso
- Kenya & Uganda
- Themes and Areas of Inquiry
*Projects lasting 3+ years; all others last approximately 1 year
- Linking Cattle Nutrition to Human Nutrition: A Value Chain Approach to Improving the Production, Handling, and Consumption of Animal Source Foods in Ethiopia*
- Improving the Evidence and Policies for Better Performing Livestock Systems in Ethiopia*
- Addressing Young Stock Mortality in Smallholder Farms and Pastoral Herds of Ethiopia*
- Improving Handling Practices and Microbiological Safety of Milk and Milk Products in Borana Pastoral Communities, Ethiopia
- The Effect of Passive Surveillance Training on Animal Health Parameters, Northern Ethiopia
- Safe Feed Safe Food: Mycotoxin Prevalence, Risk Assessment and Mitigation Measures in Ethiopia
- Enhancing Quality and Consumption of Milk for Improved Income and Nutrition in Rwanda*
- Assessment and Mitigation of Aflatoxin and Fumonisin Contamination in Animal Feeds in Rwanda
- Milk Production Practices, Udder Health and Their Impact on Milk Quality, Safety and Processability in Rwanda
- Designing and Evaluating Innovations for Development of Smallholder Female Livestock Cooperatives*
- Empowerment of Village Women for Detection and Control of Livestock Diseases in Nepal
- Improving Dairy Animal Productivity and Income of Dairy Farmers through Effective Control of Mastitis Disease
- Feeding Support Tool Development for Enhancing Dairy Animal Productivity for Improved Livelihood of Smallholder Dairy Farmers in Nepal
- Safe Food, Fair Food for Cambodia*
- Living Fences for Improved Livestock Feed in Cambodian Smallholder Systems
- Improved Pig Health and Nutrition: The Major Drivers of Profitability and Sustainability for Smallholder Farmers in Cambodia
Themes and Areas of Inquiry
Read more about our three themes, shown in green, and our four interconnected areas, shown in orange.
Role of Gender in Livestock Systems Research
Women often manage livestock but do not own them in the target countries. Many of them also lack authority over the proceeds of livestock production systems and they lack access to extension services. Because of this, all activities of the Livestock Systems Innovation Lab integrate gender dimensions.
- Listen to Kathleen Colverson: Why Integrate Gender into Research Projects? The Importance of Systems Thinking. September 28, 2017 at Kansas State University
Human and Institutional Capacity Development (HICD)
HICD efforts aim to develop the professional capacity of scientists and students and the capacity of institutions for efficient leadership and administration. This includes short-term training for value chain actors, long-term degree training for target-country students, and development of institutional capacity in areas such as curriculum enhancement, leadership, financial management, etc.
Human Health and Nutrition
Livestock production affects nutrition by contributing to food production, income generation, and women’s empowerment. All activities of the Livestock Systems Innovation Lab should emphasize improving human health and nutrition via increased consumption of ASF.
- Understanding Empowerment in Order to Improve Nutritional Outcomes: Initial Findings from Nepal Case Studies
AREAS OF INQUIRY (AOI)
Animal-Source Foods (ASF) Production and Marketing
This AOI employs a multidisciplinary, integrated approach to develop location-appropriate nutrition, genetic, lactation, reproduction, management, health, and ASF processing or preservation technologies that will enhance livestock production and ASF consumption.
Livestock Disease Management and Food Safety
Supports, strengthens and expands existing One-Health research and training platforms and relevant projects to improve surveillance, reduce disease burdens, and increase ASF safety.
Enabling Policies for Livestock
This AOI facilitates development and supports implementation of polices that enhance the production, marketing and consumption of ASF. Efforts focus on improved availability of quality livestock inputs, services, and markets as well as introducing or strengthening those aimed at risk management, disease surveillance, food safety, etc.
Future Livestock Systems
This AOI uses mechanistic models and analytical tools to examine how ASF production systems may be affected by emerging challenges or improved by introduced technologies. It particularly examines livestock system responses to proposed interventions in the context of changes in climate, demographics, agriculture, markets, and infrastructure.