Improving the livelihoods of livestock smallholders and other value chain actors through livestock value addition and marketing is constrained by the lack of access to finance, working capital, affordable quality inputs, and well-structured value chains. To address this issue, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in partnership with the Swaziland Water and Agricultural Development Enterprise (SWADE) and the Micro Finance Unit, Swaziland (MFU) are organizing an international conference on livestock value chain finance and access to credit. The forum will be held in Swaziland on 21-23 February 2017. This conference aims to:
- Demonstrate viable and financially sustainable business case models on low cost feeding regimes for fattening enterprises;
- Clarify segmentation of role of value chain actors and create smart linkages;
- Share experiences and research involving access to finance/credit for smallholder livestock producers and other value chain actors;
- Support a dialogue between livestock value chain actors, financial institutions, scholars, private sector companies (input and service providers), and governmental institutions;
- Discuss how to scale-up and replicate success stories from the sector to other developing countries and regions.
The Conference’s Scientific Committee invites authors to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations.
Abstracts should be 400 words maximum. Submissions should clearly indicate whether the author is willing to make an oral presentation or a poster.
The deadline for Abstract submission is 2 December 2016. Successful candidates will be notified on 16 December 2016. Authors selected for oral presentations will be asked to submit full papers (7 page long) by 20 January 2017.
The conference is being organized with financial support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and as part of the research on value chains under the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets.