Africa / Asia / CARE International / CRP37 / India / Innovation systems / Mozambique / Value chains

imGoats project announces MSc thesis possibilities for research on goat value chains in India and Mozambique

imgoats project - Vilanculos October 2010

Are you interested in carrying out MSc research on goat value chains in Mozambique and India? The Small ruminant value chains as platforms for reducing poverty and increasing food security in dryland areas of India and Mozambique (imGoats) project has identified some MSc thesis possibilities under the following topics:

  • Gender analysis
  • Economic analysis (value chains)
  • Sustainable intensification (environmental assessment)
  • Innovation and multi-stakeholder processes
  • Goat housing, reproduction, health and feeding

During the project, new research questions may come up, which give opportunities for other thesis possibilities. In addition, the project is open to students who come up with their own ideas or research proposals which fit within the scope of the project.

About the imGoats project

The imGoats project aims to transform the lives of goat keepers in India and Mozambique by turning their subsistence-level goat production into a viable and profitable enterprise.

The goal of the project is to increase incomes and food security in a sustainable manner by enhancing pro-poor small ruminant value chains in India and Mozambique.

The two objectives of the project are:

  1. to pilot sustainable and replicable organizational and technical models to strengthen goat value chains in India and Mozambique that increase incomes, reduce vulnerability and enhance welfare amongst marginalized groups, including women; and
  2. to document, communicate and promote appropriate evidence-based model(s) for sustainable, pro-poor goat value chains.

What is required?

  • BSc and/or MSc courses in one (or more) of the following areas: agricultural economics, animal production, rural development, innovation studies, rural sociology, animal nutrition, animal health, sustainability assessment, value chains.
  • Basic knowledge of Portuguese or Spanish language is recommended as all field communication in Mozambique is in Portuguese.

What are the conditions?

  • Based in Vilanculos, Mozambique (CARE office); or in Udaipur (Rajasthan) or Deogarh (Jharkhand), India
  • Co-supervision by a researcher from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and your university
  • Financial support for students from developing countries. Students from developed countries depend on personal (or other) funding

Download the PDF document with details of the research questions

Contact: Dr Ranjitha Puskur of ILRI  (r.puskur @ cgiar.org)

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