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Introduction to HICD's Qualitative Research Methods for Livestock Systems Course Manual

This brief video (also on YouTube at provides an introduction to a new manual developed under the research theme of Human and Institutional Capacity Development. The full manual, focused on Qualitative Research Methods for Livestock Systems Research, is available here:

Dr. Rebecca J. Williams, from the University of Florida, is both the author of the manual and the narrator of the video.

Note from the Author to Trainers: This manual outlines a 2-week, full-day Qualitative Research Methods course. The format of this manual will follow the suggested agenda and session plans for the 2-week course. Modifications to this course to allow for a 1-week and 3-day format have been included in the Appendices. The course is modularized to allow for facilitators to modify the course as needed. Many words in ALL CAPITALIZATION are placeholders that can be replaced with specific examples. All materials are adaptable to the local context and instructors are encouraged to use and adapt the materials as needed. 

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.