The imGoats project (‘small ruminant value chains to increase income and food security in India and Mozambique’) was designed to increase incomes and food security in a sustainable manner by enhancing pro-poor small ruminant value chains in the two countries.

This ILRI research brief shares experiences of the project in using outcome mapping (OM) to improve planning, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of a goat value chain development project in the two countries.

Results show that OM was very useful to monitor behavioural changes among value chain actors. It also contributed to effective management of the project. The approach suited both a relatively small project area in Mozambique (>500 households), with a strong emphasis on qualitative data, as well as a larger project area in India (>2500 households) where it helped improve data collection and analysis,and stimulate feedback mechanisms.

Data collection and analysis was resource intensive, and substantial adaptations were required based on organizational culture and capacity as well as project scale.

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The imGoats project (‘small ruminant value chains to increase income and food security in India and Mozambique’) was designed to increase incomes and food security in a sustainable manner by enhancing pro-poor small ruminant value chains in the two countries.

This ILRI research brief shares experiences of the project in using innovation platforms (IPs) to stimulate innovation and stakeholder interaction in goat value chains in the two countries.

Results show that platforms can enhance production and marketing by establishing linkages between smallholders and other actors, but they need careful assessment of and adjustment to local contexts.

This project shows that even in situations where a value chain is weak, enhanced multi-stakeholder interaction produces positive results in terms of an increase in production and commercialization.

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It is almost a year since Kees Swaans presented this paper at an international workshop on New models for innovation for development held at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom in July 2013, but we are now pleased to share with you the open source article:

Operationalizing inclusive innovation: Lessons from innovation platforms in livestock value chains in India and Mozambique

The CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems contributed financially to make this an open source publication.

Citation
Swaans K, Boogaard B, Bendapudi R, Taye H, Hendrickx S and Klerkx L. 2014. Operationalizing inclusive innovation: lessons from innovation platforms in livestock value chains in India and Mozambique. Innovation and Development. DOI 10.1080/2157930X.2014.925246

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This new manual in Hindi on goat production and commercialization in India will be a useful resource for paraveterinary workers.

Originally posted on ILRI news:

Goats in Mozambique

Partners in a project in India and Mozambique to raise rural incomes through goat rearing have produced a manual to help paraveterinary workers and farmers, especially women and other marginalized groups, transform their goat raising from an informal activity to a viable commercially oriented enterprise.

The project, known as imGoats, or ‘Small ruminant value chains to reduce poverty and increase food security in India and Mozambique’; was conducted from 2011 to 2013 by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), India’s BAIF Development Research Foundation and Care International (Mozambique). It was funded by the European Commission through the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Titled Goat Production and Commercialization, the manual takes the form of a flip chart, with visual aids, illustrations and simple explanatory texts on major topics related to goat rearing, including feeding and health, reproduction and commercialization. Information in the manual was produced by BAIF and Care International from…

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BG Rathod presents at workshop in Rajasthan

BG Rathod from BAIF-Rajasthan Rural Institute of Development Management presents on the commercialization experiences as part of the imGoats project (photo credit: ILRI/Saskia Hendrickx).

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), together with its imGoats implementing partner in India, BAIF, hosted a one-day Experience Sharing Workshop on Goat Development on 2 December 2013 in Udaipur, Rajasthan.

The meeting was attended by the director of the Animal Husbandry Department, Dr Maan, and 10 senior staff from the department, the dean of the Veterinary College Ballabhnagar, Dr RK Nagad, as well as representatives of another goat project in Rajasthan funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development, MPower. Also present were representatives from micro-finance institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and staff from other BAIF programs.

The objective of the workshop was to share the findings of the imGoats project and the related recommendations for policymakers. It also provided a platform for staff from other NGOs to share their experiences. There were some interesting discussions and the participants appreciated the opportunity to interact directly with officials from the Animal Husbandry Department.

Below are some of the workshop recommendations for policymakers:

  • improve animal health services through collaboration with NGOs to train animal health service providers at village levels whilst ensuring technical backstopping by the Animal Husbandry Department;
  • encourage organization of farmers through the establishment of producer groups, federations or cooperatives;
  • establish innovation platforms should be encouraged to ensure improved communication between value chain actors;
  • improving breeds — though important — should not come before improvements in health and feeding;
  • endorse establishment of markets at district level to encourage smallholder involvement; and
  • ensure that any production improvement is linked to improved sales of animals to minimize possible negative impact on the environment.

A similar meeting is scheduled for 18 December 2013 in Jharkhand State in Ranchi, the location of the second imGoats project site in India.

The imGoats project team recently finalized two short photo stories about the project site in Udaipur (Rajasthan State, India) and Inhassoro (Inhambane province, Mozambique). The photo stories outline the situation before and after the project intervention regarding goat production and commercialization.

Improving livelihoods through goat rearing and commercialisation in India

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Improving livelihoods through goat rearing and commercialisation in Mozambique

On 13 August 2013, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and BAIF Development Research Foundation hosted a small ruminant policy meeting at the Park Hotel in New Delhi, India. This activity was part of the imGoats project.

Over 50 participants were present, including representatives from central and state government, agricultural research institutes, development organizations and the private sector.

There were sessions on innovations and stakeholder linkages, market linkages, and service delivery and community-led extension. Each session had two presentations which were followed by lively debates from a panel of experts and the participants.

The main findings of the meeting are outlined below:

  • In India, two sectors of small ruminant production co-exist: smallholders in semi-arid and arid regions and commercial farmers. The increased demand for goat and sheep meat offers an opportunity for both sectors to grow. There is also a good opportunity to maximize the use of by-products that are currently unused for the most part.
  • Because of the diversity of these two sectors, their respective needs with regard to training and services are different, as is the case for their policy needs.
  • Of importance is the organization of smallholder producers into self-help groups that will eventually evolve into cooperatives. Other institutional models can be explored to stimulate linkages with the private sector.
  • Important measures of success include widespread adoption by smallholders of improved animal health, breeding and feeding practices, as well as improved interaction among value chain actors to enhance smallholder market participation. For the private sector, compliance with internationally recognized certification standards, such as ISO International Standards, is important to ensure high-value market participation in India and access to export markets.
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