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

Last Saturday (February 18) 15 imGoats paravets finished their training on goat health, treatment and commercialization. The paravets were selected by their community members to participate in the training, resulting in 1 paravet per community in which the project is operating. The training was undertaken over 3 weeks – one week in October, November and February – and included theory as well as practice. The training was given by CARE project officer, Amosse Maheme, and extension officer, Felicio Majesso.

The paravets learnt to identify diseases and to treat diarrhoea, abscesses, wounds and (preventatively) ticks and internal parasites. They also learnt how to calculate treatment doses (see photo). In addition to health treatment, the paravets received training on the commercialization of goats. This included the use of weighing scales, live weight pricing and aggregation of goats in their community.

The training ended with a written exam of 8 questions and a group discussion about the correct answers. Afterwards, each paravet received a certificate. Moreover, each paravet received boots, a calculator and a ‘starter kit’ (green back pack on the photo) to ensure they each had all the required material to operate in the field. The kit included materials such as a weighing scale and medicines. As follow-up, in the field the paravets will be supported by CARE staff with the implementation of their activities and to consolidate the information on which they have been trained in a practical, hands-on manner.

Vilanculos, Mozambique, October 2010

The imGoats project hosts two key meetings this week in Mozambique and India. On 7 February 2012, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and CARE Mozambique host the second imGoats national steering committee meeting in Maputo.

Participants include representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture at national and provincial level, the national agricultural research institute, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). ILRI will be represented by Birgit Boogaard, Saskia Hendrickx and Siboniso Moyo.

The meeting will discuss updates on the progress of project activities. Preliminary results from the baseline study and the value chain analysis will also be presented.

In addition, the second meeting of the national advisory committee meeting of the imGoats project in India takes place on 10-11 February 2012 in Udaipur.

Expected at this meeting are the Animal Husbandry Commissioner of the Government of India; directors of the Animal Husbandry Departments of the state governments of Rajasthan and Jharkhand; and the director of the Central Institute of Research on Goats.

There will also be participants from the International Goat Association, IFAD India, the South Asia Pro-Poor Livestock Policy Programme (SAPPLPP), Tata International, BAIF Development Research Foundation and some local partners. ILRI will be represented by Ranjitha Puskur, Ramkumar Bendapudi, Purvi Mehta and Padmakumar.

Once finalized, the reports of the respective meetings will be uploaded on the Documents page of this blog where you can also find the reports of past meetings.

Tending to her flock in Jharkhand

Woman and goats in Udaipur, India

The fourth meeting of the Jhadol-Kanthariya innovation platform was held on 12 December 2011. During the third meeting, participants felt that more representation from the villages was needed to in order to make the meetings more participatory and facilitate flow of information between the innovation platform and the villages.

Goat keepers’ representatives were nominated by the groups in the respective villages to participate in the innovation platform meeting. This increased the number of community members participating in the innovation platform meeting by twelve.

The fourth innovation platform meeting began by orienting the new community members to the innovation platform followed by discussions on the two key action points: collection of faecal samples for analysis at the Animal Husbandry Department in Udaipur, and organizing for sale of animals.

Download the report of the fourth Jhadol-Kanthariya IP meeting.

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