On 25 July 2019, the US ambassador to Mali, Dennis Hankins, visited Ifola village in Sikasso, Mali, to meet communities supported by the ILRI-led Feed the Future Mali Livestock Technology Scaling Program.
The United States and Mali have announced a five-year partnership that will promote food security and livelihood resilience in the West African country. Mali is one of 12 partner countries selected for this new phase of Feed the Future initiatives in Africa.
A multi-stakeholder consultation on the future of livestock in Kenya was co-hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation (MALFI), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), ILRI and the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL) at the ILRI Nairobi campus on 21 March 2019.
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) leads the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) livestock compact, members of which recently met with a USD500-million public-private partnership in Nigeria established to ‘de-risk’ agricultural financing by providing many of the actors along the country’s agricultural value chains with affordable financing. TAAT is targeting 3–5 million farmers in the country.
With incomes rapidly rising in Ethiopia, increasing milk yields and the sale of dairy products hold huge potential for the rural population whose livelihoods largely depend on livestock farming.
Dairy farming is one of the most important sources of income and nutrition for rural communities in India. Strengthening the efficiency of the Uttarakhand dairy market offers major opportunities to smallholders to expand production and sales of milk.