CTA-ILRI African dairy value chain seminar closes with colourful results

Cross-posted from ILRI News

Crossbred dairy cow

An improved, crossbred, dairy cow made available in Rwanda by an East African Dairy Development project, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and led by Heifer International; the International Livestock Research Institute is a partner in this project (picture credit: ILRI/EADD).

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) organized the CTA-ILRI African dairy value chain seminar from 21 to 24 September 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya. This event was made possible thanks to funding support from CTA, the CGIAR Research Programs on Policies, Institutions, and Markets and on Livestock and Fish.

Around 80 participants came from all over Africa and beyond to share their experiences, lessons learned, dairy value chain development models and analytical tools to study dairy value chains. The event was facilitated in an interactive way and simultaneous translation was available to maximize opportunities for sharing across the continent’s French-English language barrier.Throughout the seminar, participants were asked to relate information they were gathering to three topics:

1. African smallholder inclusion into dairy value chains

2. Private-sector investment into the African dairy industry

3. Gender roles and empowerment in African dairy value chains

All the case stories shared, the analytical tools contributed, the solutions shared by peers to concrete dairy value chain development problems, the photos, the videos and the presentations linked to the seminar are being compiled on the seminar’s website.

As for the colourful finish, view it here.

 

Jo Cadilhon is senior agricultural economist with the Policy, Trade and Value Chains Program at ILRI.