The hand that cares and feeds: India’s unnatural ‘natural’ caretakers of livestock
Agriculture / Buffalo / Dairying / Gender / Goats / ILRI / India / Livelihoods / Livestock / Opinion Piece / South Asia / Women

The hand that cares and feeds: India’s unnatural ‘natural’ caretakers of livestock

I was impressed by how much India’s women food producers make the most out of their situations, how often they thrive in what they do despite constraints, how few view themselves as victims of their circumstances, how often, and with what assurance and purposefulness, they exercise agency. Continue reading

India’s addiction to milk as a diabetes pandemic moves to the villages
Agri-Health / Animal Products / Cattle / Consumption / Dairying / Emerging Diseases / Health / India / Livestock / Nutrition / South Asia / Spotlight

India’s addiction to milk as a diabetes pandemic moves to the villages

This is the eleventh in a series of articles on ‘Curds and goats, lives and livelihoods—A dozen stories from northern and eastern India’. PART 11: India’s addiction to milk as a diabetes pandemic moves to the villages Continue reading

‘Leveling’ livestock information: Knowledge management at an ICAR–ILRI communications workshop
Communications / Data / Event Report / ILRI / ILRIComms / India / Knowledge and Information / South Asia / Spotlight

‘Leveling’ livestock information: Knowledge management at an ICAR–ILRI communications workshop

To share best practices and explore opportunities for collaboration, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) held a joint communications and knowledge management workshop on 4 Mar 2016 at the National Agricultural Science Centre Complex in New Delhi, India. Continue reading

Reaching stakeholders, influencing policies: ICAR–ILRI communications workshop
Agriculture / Capacity Strengthening / Communications / Event / Event Report / ILRI / ILRIComms / India / Knowledge and Information / South Asia

Reaching stakeholders, influencing policies: ICAR–ILRI communications workshop

A communications workshop co-sponsored by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) was held on 4 March 2016 in New Delhi, India. This is the second of three reports on the workshop. Continue reading

Getting the (science) word out: ILRI and ICAR share livestock communications and knowledge management practices
Agriculture / Capacity Strengthening / Communications / Event / ILRI / ILRIComms / India / Knowledge and Information / South Asia / Spotlight

Getting the (science) word out: ILRI and ICAR share livestock communications and knowledge management practices

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) held a one-day joint communications and knowledge management workshop on 4 Mar 2016 at the prestigious and spacious National Agricultural Science Centre Complex, in New Delhi, India. Continue reading

Odisha Odyssey: A look at the emerging commercial dairy value chains in eastern India
Agriculture / Animal Feeding / ASSP / Cattle / Crop-Livestock / Dairying / Feeds / Fodder / ILRI / India / Interview / Livelihoods / Livestock / Markets / Pro-Poor Livestock / Project / South Asia / Spotlight / Value Chains

Odisha Odyssey: A look at the emerging commercial dairy value chains in eastern India

In recent years, ILRI scientists have been working with institutional partners and local farmer organizations in Odisha, a large eastern state of India on the Bay of Bengal, on research to improve the feed and fodder resources readily available to smallholder livestock keepers. ILRI conducted this collaborative research through a collaborative CGIAR Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) aiming to increase and sustain small farm productivity in selected regions of Bangladesh, India and Nepal.

As part of an ILRI photojournalism trip to India undertaken in early Mar 2016, the authors visited a town on the outskirts of Bhadrak, a city in northern Odisha, to capture a bit of what the ILRI-led CSISA work has accomplished for small-scale dairy farmers in the area. Continue reading

Odisha Odyssey: The Arcadian landscapes and tribal goat keepers of Mayurbhanj
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Odisha Odyssey: The Arcadian landscapes and tribal goat keepers of Mayurbhanj

Note: This is the sixth in a series of articles on ‘Curds and goats, lives and livelihoods—A dozen stories from northern and eastern India’.
PART 6: Odisha Odyssey: The Arcadian landscapes and tribal goat keepers of Mayurbhanj Continue reading