Analysis of livestock and fodder value chains in arid and semi-arid lands in Kenya
As in many developing countries, the livestock revolution is real in Kenya which presents huge opportunities to improve the livelihoods of the pastoral community through improved production and marketing in the pastoral land-use system. To attain the promise of Vision 2030 and unlock the potential of arid and semi-arid lands in Kenya, intervention strategies and production systems need to be aligned with the ongoing change in: demand/consumption for animal-source foods (ASFs) and in the production environment. The average per capita red meat consumption in Kenya is about 15–16 kg, approximately 600,000MT2 of red meat nationally. Of this, about 80–86% comes from the pastoral production system, while 20–25% of the meat supply comes from the neighbouring countries (through formal and informal cross-border livestock trade) with Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda and Tanzania.
The Livestock component of the Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) program recently undertook a livestock and fodder value chains analysis to the inform design and implementation of high impact and targeted interventions across five counties in northern Kenya (Isiolo, Garissa, Marsabit, Turkana and Wajir). Operating with the framework of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Feed the Future Initiative in Kenya. The program promotes and upscales the utilization of improved technologies and innovations of selected value chains (livestock, dairy, and staple root and drought-tolerant crops) to competitively and sustainably increase productivity, promote agricultural growth and improve nutrition and food security, particularly among women and children. The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) leads the AVCD livestock value chain whose main goal is to increase incomes from the sales of livestock by 50% by 2018, lifting an additional 50,000 households in selected regions of Kenya out of poverty and improving their nutritional status.
Si eres productor caprino, este webinar es para ti.
Este viernes 18 de septiembre a las 6:00 pm (hora de Guatemala) tendremos webinar con la Agrocadena Caprina Nacional, donde el tema será "Manejo y Alimentación en Crianza de Cabritas (nacimiento al destete)". La conferencia será impartida por Héctor Andrade, Doctor en Ciencias Veterinarias y Tecnología de Alimentos de la Universidad de Murcia, España, e Investigador de la Facultad de Ciencias Naturales de la Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, México.
Puedes unirte a través del siguiente link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84180944020
If you are a goat producer, this webinar is for you.
This Friday, September 18 at 6:00 pm (Guatemala time) we will have a webinar with the Agrocadena Caprina Nacional, where the theme will be "Management and Feeding in Goat Raising (birth to weaning)". The conference will be given by Héctor Andrade, Doctor in Veterinary Sciences and Food Technology from the University of Murcia, Spain, and Researcher from the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Autonomous University of Querétaro, Mexico.
You can join through the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84180944020
Good Morning Colleagues of the International Goat Association (IGA),
On behalf of the USAID-funded program, Farmer to Farmer, administered by Partners of the Americas with headquarters in Washington, DC, it is a pleasure to share the following opportunity for volunteering and collaborating with us.
The Farmer to Farmer program was designed to bring US volunteers to developing countries across Latin America and the Caribbean. These volunteers support producers, cooperatives, agribusinesses, extension units, and agricultural institutions to develop their local capacity, increase productivity, and position themselves as competitors in the market.
As you can imagine, the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically affected our activities and in the past couple months we have innovated and adapted our program to continue to support our communities through remote technical assistance with remote US volunteers.
Previously, our program could only support the participation of volunteers with US citizenship or work permits. However, due to the travel restrictions associated with the pandemic, USAID has authorized a temporary modification to the program format to include the participation of local volunteers. These local volunteers include technical experts who can support their communities by sharing their knowledge as it relates to themes in agriculture and food security.
We are looking for volunteer experts in Small Ruminants to support our programs in Guatemala and Jamaica who can collaborate with remote volunteers in the US and support our F2F programming. The hope is that both the local and remote volunteer will collaborate, complement each other in their expertise, provide robust contributions to the host. In this way, program beneficiaries will benefit from the knowledge of both volunteers.
If you or anyone in your networks would be interested in volunteering with us, please contact our recruitment office in Washington, DC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, we would like to clarify that these are volunteer assignments and participants will not receive any financial compensation for their time. We offer the opportunity for local volunteers to participate virtually with the host organization in their country should in-person participation be compromised by risks associated with COVID-19. Volunteers who will make in-person visits to the host will be provided with personal protective equipment and financial compensation for basic needs associated with the assignment.
Please let us know should you have any questions and thank you for your interest in our F2F program.
The Farmer to Farmer team at Partners of the Americas
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