Livestock contributes to the sustainable livelihoods and security of more than 800 million poor smallholder farmers. It offers poor households sources of high quality nutrition, especially for pregnant women and for improving the cognitive skills and mental growth of children. In marginal rural areas, where poverty is rampant, livestock represents an important asset for local cultural and socioeconomic systems, and allows the effective use of otherwise unutilizable resources. In working with rural communities and pastoralists, our aim is to develop a sustainable livestock sector where smallholder farmers can have higher incomes and better access to services, technologies and markets.
The Share Fair sessions will provide the participants an opportunity to:
- learn about new livestock technologies and approaches
- discuss innovative approaches to target nomadic communities
- explore the benefits of livestock
- development revolving funds
Making knowledge work for the poor: Innovation platforms as spaces for change and transformation in rural communities (149)
In recent years, we have seen the concept of innovation systems tested and applied in agricultural research for development as a way to guide the design of inclusive research and development interventions. Focusing on the innovation system is particularly promising as a mechanism that makes knowledge work for specific value chains or across natural resource "landscapes". This session will provide an opportunity to interact with people leading livestock and natural resource innovation projects working in Ethiopia, India, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Alain Vidal, Alan Duncan, Andre Van Rooyen, Ranjitha Puskur and Peter Ballantyne
CGIAR, CPWF, ICRISAT, ILRI