Innovation systems


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 June 2013, the imGoats Inhassoro innovation platform held its ninth meeting at Vulanjane, Inhassoro, Mozambique. It was the last meeting with project support.

In total 16 people participated. The meeting was facilitated by IP president Joao. It was a very good and promising meeting, in which potential goat sales and the future of the IP was discussed. The IP members were motivated to continue the meetings after the project, saying that they ‘can do it on their own now’.

The participants made the following agreements:
– Two goat sales points will be created in the district: in Vulanjane and Mangugumete
– The abattoir in Vilanculos wants to buy around 100 goats per month, on every 2nd Wednesday of the month. The first sales will occur on the 10th of July 2013. Payments will be done in cash. IP participants will inform community members. Paravets will make an inventory of the available animals in their community.
– Next IP meeting: Thursday 18th July.

Due to project ending, the report of the 9th IP meeting is the last report. It can be downloaded here: http://cgspace.cgiar.org/handle/10568/32752

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On 7 March 2013, the imGoats Inhassoro innovation platform held its eighth meeting at Chitsotso, Inhassoro, Mozambique. It was the third innovation platform meeting where participants came by their own transport.  Twenty-seven participants took part in the meeting including producers, community leaders, paraveterinarians, extension officers and researchers.

The meeting was held at the goat farm of Jan and Joey Bean, who are South African private investors and goat keepers. They have a goat farm in Chitsotso – an imGoats project community – with more than 200 crossbred goats (Mozambican Landim and South African Boerbok).  Jan and Joey expressed their interest in cooperating with the imGoats project participants. The main objective of the meeting was therefore to explore possible options for cooperation.

The following options were explored: 1) commercialization and 2) use of improved breed (Boerbok). With regard to commercialization, Jan expressed interest in buying goats from the project participants. He suggested that he could collect goats from the communities with his own transport if participants aggregate about 10 to 20 goats at once. This led to a discussion on the price; 30 to 35 Mozambique meticais (MtN) per kilogram was too low according to the producers – they wanted MtN 40 to 45 per kilogram. It was agreed that between 5 and 15 April 2013, Jan and Joey will visit a few communities and buy goats as ‘pilot sales’ in order to explore what price is realistic.

At the next – and final – IP meeting at the end of April, experiences about the ‘pilot sales’ will be shared and possibilities for further cooperation will be explored.

Download the report of the eighth imGoats Inhassoro innovation platform meeting

Participants at the 8th imGoats Inhassoro innovation platform meeting

As the imGoats project enters its final six months, the whole team gathered in Udaipur, India from 2-6 July 2012 to participate in a learning and reflection workshop on the activities completed so far and the work still remaining.

On the sidelines of the workshop, Amosse Alberto Maheme, imGoats project officer at CARE Mozambique, shared some of his reflections on the workshop activities, his experiences with applying the theory of Outcome Mapping in the field, and his outlook for the final six months of the project and the sustainability of the activities already implemented.

Listen to what he had to say in this short video (3.46 min).

Goats in Vilanculos,Mozambique

Goats in Vilanculos, Mozambique (photo credit: ILRI/Ranjitha Puskur).

On 10 May 2012, the imGoats Inhassoro innovation platform held its fifth meeting at Vuca Interior, Mozambique. About 40 participants took part in the meeting, representing producers, community leaders, paraveterinarians, extension officers, researchers, and meat buyers and sellers.

The meeting covered a range of topics, starting with a presentation of the baseline results and related (project) actions. Thereafter, each community gave an update on activities in the past two months about the communal grazing area and construction of improved kraals.

Subsequently, follow-up actions were discussed and dates for goat fairs in June were defined. In addition, there was a discussion on the future and sustainability of the innovation platform. The discussion was facilitated with an exercise in which each stakeholder group answered the following three questions:

  1. What are the benefits of the innovation platform to date?
  2. What would be the challenges to maintain the innovation platform without project support?
  3. How could these challenges be overcome?

Each stakeholder group presented their answers. Many participants identified ‘transport’ as one of the main challenges (as CARE still provides transport due to long distances between the communities but this would not be sustainable in the long term). The participants therefore decided that participants would organize their own transport to the next innovation platform meeting.

Download the report of the fifth imGoats Inhassoro innovation platform meeting

The fourth imGoats Inhassoro innovation platform meeting

Participants at the fourth imGoats Inhassoro innovation platform meeting held on 15 March 2012 at Manusse, Mozambique

On 15 March 2012, the imGoats Inhassoro innovation platform (IP) held its fourth meeting at Manusse, Mozambique. About 40 participants took part in the meeting, representing producers, community leaders, paraveterinarians, extension officers, researchers, and meat buyers and sellers.

The meeting covered a range of topics, starting with a discussion on information flow from the IP members to the communities and back into the IP meeting. The relevance of feedback was explained and subsequently feedback was given by the IP members on the goat fairs in November and December.

As decided in the third IP meeting, each community would identify communal grazing areas. Therefore, in the fourth IP meeting progress about communal pasture areas in each community was discussed and follow-up actions were defined.

In addition, there was a discussion on the construction of improved kraals by participants and in the coming two months, five farmers will start to construct an improved kraal.

Download the report of the fourth imGoats Inhassoro innovation platform meeting

Vilanculos October 2010 - Mozambique

The imGoats Mozambique national steering committee held its second meeting on 7 February 2012 in Maputo at the Mozambique National Agricultural Research Institute (Instituto de Investigação Agrária de Moçambique – IIAM).

The meeting was attended by representatives from IIAM, the Ministry of Agriculture – Animal Production Department, the Inhambane provincial livestock services, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), CARE International and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). The country officer of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) sent apologies.

The agenda of the meeting was to:

  • review the project activities to date,
  • present and discuss results of the baseline study which was carried out to characterize existing goat production systems and markets, and identify the requirements, risks and environmental threats involved in goat production and marketing;
  • present and discuss results of the goat value chain analysis carried out in southern Mozambique; and
  • review the follow-up activities to be undertaken in the following six months.

Download the report of the second meeting of the imGoats Mozambique National Steering Committee

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