ILRI’s Impact at Scale program reviewed the landscape of scaling with the aim of summarizing relevant approaches and tools that livestock projects can benefit from. The resulting ILRI framework provides an overview of the steps along with short summaries and assessments of nine tools related to scalability assessment.
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.
Recently, a team of scientists at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), led by anthropologist Alessandra Galiè, in collaboration with Emory University, developed the Women’s Empowerment in Livestock Index (WELI), a new index to assess the empowerment of women in production systems in which livestock are important.
Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta addressed the 400 guests at the national conference of the Feed the Future Kenya Accelerating Value Chain Development project at ILRI on 27 Apr 2018.
What happened in the Feed the Future Mali Livestock Technology Scaling Program (FTF-MLTSP) in early 2018? Open Day and stakeholder consultation for the program, PPR vaccine deployment, and market monitoring.
Michael Blümmel, deputy program leader for the Feed and Forage Development program at ILRI, is lead author on a new paper that explores the big benefits of treating cereal straws and stovers—the ‘residues’ of cereal crops after their grain has been harvested—to release their sugars, thereby turning these crop residues into nourishing feed for ruminant farm animals—cows, water buffaloes, goats and sheep.
Recognition of the importance of livestock in addressing some of the world’s greatest challenges, including meeting the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, has been rising sharply in recent years among leading national, political, donor and international bodies.
The University of Florida has been awarded USD8.7 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fund livestock research over the next five years to tackle high rates of food insecurity and undernutrition in two of Africa’s landlocked nations—Burkina Faso, in the west, and Ethiopia, in the east.
The most recent progress report from the Feed the Future Mali Livestock Technology Scaling Program describes some successes and swift progress made in recent months towards achieving these goals as well as some new challenges the program is facing.