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Dr Ramkumar Bendapudi: imGoats Special Project Scientist

The imGoats project is happy to welcome Ramkumar Bendapudi to the research team as a Special Project Scientist, effective May 2011.

Ramkumar will be based in Udaipur, India and will work across the projects sites in two Indian states of Rajasthan and Jharkhand.

He will lead the project’s research activities in India in close collaboration with BAIF, our implementing partner in India, and will also work in close interaction with the imGoats team in Mozambique to develop research outputs across the two countries.

Ramkumar is an agricultural economist and has a PhD in Agriculture and Resource Economics from the West Virginia University.

He worked for the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and the Swiss Foundation for International Development and Cooperation, and has been a development consultant/advisor to governmental organizations and several non-governmental organizations in India including the Society for Promotion of Wasteland Development, Foundation of Ecological Security’s Rainfed Livestock Network, Watershed Development Trust, South Asia Pro-poor Livestock Policy Programme and Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Hence, he brings with him a strong network of development partners in India.

Welcome, Ramkumar!

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Welcome to the blog of the project, Small ruminant value chains as platforms for reducing poverty and increasing food security in India and Mozambique, or imGoats in short.

The imGoats project got underway following an inception workshop held in mid-February 2011 in Udaipur, India to map out the project activities and outcomes. The project seeks to investigate how best goat value chains can be used to increase food security and reduce poverty among smallholders in India and Mozambique.

The main target groups are poor goat keepers, especially women, and other marginalized groups like scheduled castes and tribes in India; households living with HIV/AIDS and female-headed households in Mozambique. These include small-scale agropastoralists who cultivate small plots of land, as well as the landless.

The project is led by researchers from the Market Opportunities Theme of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in collaboration with the BAIF Development Research Foundation in India and CARE International, Mozambique. It is funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

This blog serves as a platform for the project partners to share updates and information about the project, including working papers, reports, presentations and videos, as well as to document milestones and lessons learned.

Welcome, once again, and please free to post comments or questions!

For more information, check out the project brochure in English or Portuguese.

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