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Our research projects in Rwanda began in 2016, and since then our connections with local actors and government agencies has grown. Several projects concentrate on the dairy sector.

This page shares a variety of resources related to our work in Rwanda. You may review journal articles, publications authored by the Management Entity, and links to relevant websites and resources.


Selected Publications & Research Findings

Articles in Journals

Balehegn, M., Duncan, A., Tolera, A., Ayantunde, A.A., Issa, S., Karimou, M., Zampaligré, N., André, K., Gnanda, I., Varijakshapanicker, P., Kebreab, E., Dubeux, J., Boote, K., Minta, M.,  Feyissa, F., and Adesogan, A.T. June 2020. June 2020. Improving adoption of technologies and interventions for increasing supply of quality livestock feed in low- and middle-income countries. Global Food Security, Volume 26, 100372.

Balehegn, M., Mekuriaw, Z., Miller, L., McKune, S., and Adesogan. A. T. 2019. Animal source foods for improved cognitive development. Animal Frontiers.

Brown, C., Havas, K., Bowen, R., Mariner, J., Fentie, K.T., Kebede, E., Berhe, N., Anselme, S., Mwiine, F.N., Lakew, M., Kroesna, K., and Hernandez, J. 2020. Animal health in a development context. Global Food Security, Volume 25, 100369.

Colverson, K.E. 2018. Increasing the Health and Nutritional Outcomes of the Government of Rwanda’s “One Cow per Poor Family” Program from a Gender Perspective. Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 8 (2): 31-44.

Colverson, K.E., Coble-Harris, L., Galie, A., Moore, E.V. Munoz, O., McKune, S.L., Singh, N., and Mo, R. 2020. Evolution of a gender tool: WEAI, WELI and livestock research. Global Food Security, Volume 26, 100375,

De Vries, A., Kaylegian, K.E., and Dahl G.E. November 2020. MILK Symposium review: Improving the productivity, quality, and safety of milk in Rwanda and Nepal. Journal of Dairy Science, Volume 103, Issue 11.

Givens, D.I. November 2020. MILK Symposium review: The importance of milk and dairy foods in the diets of infants, adolescents, pregnant women, adults, and the elderly. Journal of Dairy Science, Volume 103, Issue 11.

Ndahetuye, J.B., Artursson, K., Båge, R., Ingabire, A., Karege, C., Djangwani, J., Nyman, A.K., Ongol, M.P.,  Tukei, M., and Persson, Y. November 2020. MILK Symposium review: Microbiological quality and safety of milk from farm to milk collection centers in Rwanda. Journal of Dairy Science, Volume 103, Issue 11. It is openly available.

Ndahetuye, J.B., Twambazimana, J., Nyman, A., Karege, C., Tukei, M., Ongol, M.P., Persson, Y., and Båge, R. June 2020. A cross sectional study of prevalence and risk factors associated with subclinical mastitis and intramammary infections, in dairy herds linked to milk collection centers in Rwanda. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, Volume 179, 105007,

Nishimwe, K., Bowers, E., Ayabagabo, J.D., Habimana, R., Mutiga, S., and Maier, D. May 2019. Assessment of Aflatoxin and Fumonisin Contamination and Associated Risk Factors in Feed and Feed Ingredients in Rwanda. Toxins 2019, 11, 270.

Serra, R., Kiker, G.A., Minten, B. Valerio, V.C., Varijakshapanicker, P., and Wane, A. 2020. Filling knowledge gaps to strengthen livestock policies in low-income countries. Global Food Security, Volume 26, 100428.

Tricarico, J.M., Kebreab, E., and Wattiaux M.A. November 2020. MILK Symposium review: Sustainability of dairy production and consumption in low-income countries with emphasis on productivity and environmental impact. Journal of Dairy Science, Volume 103, Issue 11. It is openly available.

Turna, N.S., and Wu, F. 2021. Aflatoxin M1 in milk: A global occurrence, intake, & exposure assessment. Trends in Food Science & Technology, Volume 110, 183-192.

Varijakshapanicker, P., McKune, S., Miller, L., Hendrickx, S., Balehegn, M., Dahl, G. E., and Adesogan, A. T. 2019. Sustainable livestock systems to improve human nutrition, health, and economic status. Animal Frontiers.

Vipham, J.L., Amenu, K., Alonso, S., Ndahetuye, J.B., Zereyesus, Y., Nishimwe, K., Bowers, E., Maier, D., Sah, K., Havelaar, A., and Grace, D. September 2020. No food security without food safety: Lessons from livestock related research. Global Food Security, Volume 26, 100382,

Publications by the Management Entity

Useful Resources

These resources include links to external websites, and internal documents, such as reports and outreach materials.

External Resources

Internal Resources from the Management Entity

Blogs and news:



This list of partners is not exhaustive, but it is indicative of past and prospective partners that have or will collaborate on research projects and other endeavors.

Partners in Rwanda

Zones of Influence

The Zone of Influence excludes only the three districts that comprise Kigali City (Gasabo, Kicukiro, and Nyarugenge districts). All other 27 districts across four provinces apply:

  • Northern
  • Southern
  • Eastern
  • Western

More information: Feed the Future Rwanda – Zone of Influence Baseline Report

Videos from Projects

  • Getting Meat and Milk to a Hungry World (UF Foundation)
  • Making Milk Safer in Rwanda

Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems is part of Feed the Future

This work was funded in whole or part by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Resilience, Environment and Food Security under Agreement # AID-OAA-L-15-00003 as part of Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems. Additional funding was received from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation OPP#060115.  Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here are those of the authors alone.