argylesock says… What’s an ‘innovation platform’? If I find out, I’ll tell you. Meanwhile this news about goat keepers in Zimbabwe sounds like good news, doesn’t it?
Feed is scarce for livestock in the dry season, farmers can lose up to 30% of their herds in these three months (photo on Flickr by ICRISAT/Swathi Sridharan).
Willie Dar, director general of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), highlights the success of taking a ‘value chain’ approach to improving goat production and marketing by small-scale farmers in Zimbabwe.
‘. . . [H]ow does . . . innovation come about? One exciting example is the transformation of goat marketing underway now in southwestern Zimbabwe. We and our partners — SNV, Organization of Rural Associations for Progress (ORAP), the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and officials in the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development — thought that if the value-chain interest groups put their heads together, they could improve the system for everyone concerned. In addition to goat keepers, those interest groups include buyers, processors, government agencies that provide…
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