Enhancing the productivity and resilience of agro-pastoral systems, and income, food, and nutrition security through market-oriented innovations in Niger
This project is designed to reduce multidimensional poverty through market-oriented crop-livestock integration, and specifically to improve nutrition through on-farm diversification and by enhancing income and livelihood resilience of agro-pastoral systems in Niger.
Aflatoxin M1 Health Risks vs. Benefits of Dairy Consumption in Ethiopian Children: An Epidemiological Trial and Risk-Benefit Analysis
This project is designed to determine whether aflatoxin M1 exposure in milk is associated with child growth impairment and to compare any risks with nutritional benefits of milk consumption in children.
Improving Smallholder Poultry Production and Egg Consumption in Children Under Two in Ethiopia
This project is designed to improve smallholder poultry production through reducing poultry mortality, and to also to increase egg consumption in children under two in poultry owning households in Ethiopia.
Profiting from Pigs in Rwanda: Improving People’s Lives and Livelihoods through More Productive Pig Farming
This project is designed to improve the lives of smallholder pig farmers and meet the nation’s increasing demand for pork. It is developing a package of good husbandry practices for farmers in the North and South of Rwanda while addressing common problems across the value chain. Additional outputs will include business models, genetic data, and outreach on pig keeping.
Application of the Integrated Decision Support Systems to Improve Livestock Systems and Household Nutrition
This project is about researching ways to improve livestock fodder production and its effect on human nutrition. Using computer models and stakeholder input, the research teams will develop maps, best-bet combinations of technologies and practices, and educational opportunities in Western Rwanda.
Socioeconomic Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Dairy Value Chain in Western Nepal
This project investigates effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the health and socioeconomic condition of children, local youth, women, and marginalized groups. It considers both qualitative and quantitative data from across the dairy value chain in rural areas.
EQUIP—Strengthening Smallholder Livestock Systems for the Future
This project strives to improve the incomes, livelihoods and nutrition of smallholder farmers. It will do so through two areas of study: (1) increasing livestock productivity through increased supply of quality feeds (The Feed Study) and (2) testing an intervention strategy to reduce stunting in young children through egg consumption and reducing enteric dysfunction through improved chicken husbandry (The CAGED Study). It takes place in Ethiopia and Burkina Faso.
MAP-Market Analysis for Pastoralists
This project is designed to identify the right inclusive and innovative market interventions for pastoralists communities in Africa. Identification of such market interventions will contribute to improving the economy of pastoralists in Africa, reducing their poverty, and increasing their resilience. It takes place in Nigeria.
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This work was funded in whole or part by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Resilience 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#1175487. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here are those of the authors alone.