Africa / ASSP / CRP11 / Drylands / Goats / ILRI / Mozambique / Small Ruminants / Southern Africa

The multi-functionality of goats in rural Mozambique: Contributions to food security and household risk mitigation

This report identifies and creates a deeper understanding of the multiple functions goats currently play in the smallholders sector in Mozambique. The paper takes a sociological approach by advancing the thinking that the functions of goats are socially and culturally constructed, and not ‘given’. Continue reading

CRP11 / Goats / India / Innovation systems / LGI / Mozambique / Small Ruminants / South Asia / Southern Africa / Value chains

Using outcome mapping as a monitoring and management tool in a small ruminant value chain project

This ILRI research brief shares experiences of the imGoats project in using outcome mapping (OM) to improve planning, monitoring and evaluation of a goat value chain development project in the two countries. Continue reading

CRP11 / Goats / ILRI / India / Innovation systems / LGI / Mozambique / Small Ruminants / South Asia / Southern Africa

Using innovation platforms to stimulate innovation and multi-stakeholder interaction in small ruminant value chains

This ILRI research brief shares experiences of the imGoats project in using innovation platforms (IPs) to stimulate innovation and stakeholder interaction in goat value chains in the two countries. Continue reading

Africa / Asia / CRP11 / Goats / ILRI / India / Mozambique / Small Ruminants / South Asia / Southern Africa / Value chains

New journal article on innovation platforms in livestock value chains in India and Mozambique

It is almost a year since Kees Swaans presented this paper at an international workshop on New models for innovation for development held at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom in July 2013, but we are now pleased to share with you the open access article: Operationalizing inclusive innovation: Lessons from innovation platforms in livestock value chains in India … Continue reading

Africa / Asia / BAIF / CARE International / CRP11 / Goats / ILRI / India / Innovation systems / Mozambique / Small Ruminants / South Asia / Southern Africa / Value chains

Virtual visit to imGoats project sites

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 . . Improving livelihoods through … Continue reading

CARE International / CRP11 / Goats / ILRI / Innovation systems / Markets / Mozambique / Small Ruminants / Southern Africa / Value chains

‘We can do it on our own now’ – The imGoats Inhassoro innovation platform holds its ninth meeting

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 … Continue reading

CARE International / CRP11 / Gender / Goats / ILRI / Mozambique / Small Ruminants / Southern Africa

Gender training for imGoats extension staff in Mozambique

On 25 and 26 March 2013, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and CARE provided gender training for imGoats extension staff based in Mozambique at the CARE office in Vilanculos. The learning objectives of the training were: to better understand the concept of gender; to increase their knowledge about gender and agriculture, particularly in the … Continue reading

CARE International / CRP11 / Goats / ILRI / Innovation systems / Markets / Mozambique / Small Ruminants / Southern Africa / Value chains

The imGoats Inhassoro innovation platform holds its eighth meeting

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 … Continue reading

CARE International / Goats / ILRI / Mozambique / Small Ruminants / Southern Africa

Extension workers in Mozambique trained on managing communal pasture areas for goats

As mentioned in an earlier blog post on innovation platform meetings, the innovation platform in Inhassoro District identified the use of communal pasture areas as one of the main actions to improve goat production in the district. Although pasture areas existed before the Mozambique civil war (1977-1992), they have been out of use for many … Continue reading