Themes and Areas of Inquiry
Learn about our 3 themes, shown in green, and our 4 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.
Colverson, Kathleen E. [Sustainable Intensification Lab]. 2017. Why Integrate Gender into Research Projects? The Importance of Systems Thinking. [Video file]. Recorded September 28 at Kansas State University. Retrieved from http://www.k-state.edu/siil/resources/events/pastevents/index.html
- Colverson, Kathleen E. 2018. Increasing the Health and Nutritional Outcomes of Rwanda’s “One Cow per Poor Family” from a Gender Perspective. [PDF of PowerPoint]. Gainesville, FL, USA: Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems.
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.
- McNamara, K. and S. McKune. 2018. Understanding Empowerment in Order to Improve Nutritional Outcomes: Initial Findings from Nepal Case Studies. Gainesville, FL, USA: Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems.
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.