Innovation systems


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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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 the innovation platform president Joao. It was a very good and promising meeting, in which potential goat sales and the future of the innovation platform was discussed. The innovation platform 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 second Wednesday of the month. The first sales will occur on the 10 July 2013. Payments will be done in cash. Innovation platform participants will inform community members. Paravets will make an inventory of the available animals in their community.
  • Next innovation platform meeting: Thursday 18 July 2013.

Due to the project’s ending, the report of the ninth IP meeting is the last report.

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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.

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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

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