Learn about our 3 themes, shown in green, and our 4 interconnected areas, shown in orange.
Gender is a multi-dimensional issue in livestock systems, involving roles and relationships that may seem fixed and unchangeable. Women are often concentrated in the lower ends of the livestock value chains, frequently without access to the resources needed to be highly productive. The Gender Cross-Cutting Theme seeks to change gender dynamics by increasing equity and access across the livestock value chains through research and capacity development.
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.
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.
BRIEF: McNamara, K. and McKune, S. 2018. Nutrition-sensitive livestock interventions. Gainesville, FL, USA: Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems.
BRIEF: 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.
Aligning the Food System for Improved Nutrition in Animal Source Foods. Session Videos and Presentations (external resource). Conference held May 14-15, 2019 at the University of California, Davis. Session 2 features our director, Dr. Adegbola Adesogan.
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.
Supports, strengthens and expands existing One-Health research and training platforms and relevant projects to improve surveillance, reduce disease burdens, and increase ASF safety.
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.
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.
Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems
This work was funded in whole or part by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for 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. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here are those of the authors alone.