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NORGLOBAL2-Norge - global partner

LeapAgri: Empowering small-scale farmers: towards the SDGs through participative, innovative and sust. livestock and poultry value chains

Awarded: NOK 2.4 mill.

The overall goal of the project is to improve the productivity and quality of local livestock and poultry value chains (LPVC). The project has evaluated LPVC in Ghana, Kenya and Senegal. The planned three-day workshop in Senegal was canceled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, and instead individual interviews were implemented to collect data for modeling. Feed and food tests were completed in the laboratory of ITA and we are working on publishing the results. In Kenya field activities will begin in October and we expect the results during December.

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The overall goal of SPEAR is to provide science-based frameworks and indicators capable of monitoring and evaluating improvements in productivity and quality of livestock and poultry value chains (LPVCs). The project will evaluate a number of LPVCs in the partner countries to identify the constraints and opportunities for sustainable production and consumption and assess the impacts of different interventions targeting food and nutrition security and improvement in agricultural trade. The novelty of our research lies in the combination of two approaches – (1) value chain analysis, which involves analyzing how value is created and added at different steps in the chain and its implications or consequences on stakeholders; and (2) participatory modeling, which facilitates collaboration among key stakeholders and research team and improved understanding of the dynamics and interrelationships between the socio-economic and ecological consequences of development interventions. By focusing at the value chain level, SPEAR will take into account the systems context of food and nutrition security, and the means by which feedback effects of proposed interventions could influence their impact and uptake. By focusing on participatory approaches, SPEAR will contribute to the capacity development of small-scale farmers in meeting the market demand in terms of quantity and quality through integrating research, knowledge exchange, market strategies, and outreach/communication tools. SPEAR’s frameworks and indicators will have greater validity and address the needs of stakeholders as directly identified by them. The integration of systems modeling and participatory processes into value chain research will represent a major innovation and advance in operationalizing the value chain from a diagnostic tool to a policy tool. By using systems modeling, SPEAR can evaluate and prioritize between different policy choices and help policymakers make better decisions.

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NORGLOBAL2-Norge - global partner