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by Kathryn Pace, Alan de Brauw, Nick Minot, and Evgeniya Anisimova

This piece originally appeared on PIM.cgiar.org

See here for information about the proposals selected under the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research’s call on gender dynamics in value chains

In April 2019, professionals from the soft commodity sectors who represent diverse value chains across the African continent came together for the Sustainable Agriculture Summit in Nairobi, Kenya. The gathering served as an opportunity to learn from best practices, technologies, partnerships and real-life implementation of sustainable agriculture practices.

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With the increased interest in value chains in developing countries over the past two decades, it is not surprising that there has been a proliferation of tools developed for assessing value chains. Several CGIAR centers, along with other partners, have developed a variety of tools to assess constraints to value chain development and ways to foster inclusive growth.

Climate variability has a profound influence on fisheries and agriculture in South Asia, including the service industry and value chains. Progress in weather and sub-seasonal/seasonal forecasting has significantly increased the information available. Yet gaps still exist in the delivery and impact of climate information services, including reliability, uncertainty, scaling and delivery.

The livestock sector may have a key role to play in many low-and middle-income countries (LMICs): providing options for employment, poverty reduction and economic growth, while supplying animal proteins that are particularly important for improving the diets of nutritionally vulnerable segments of the population. The potential benefits of the sector must however be harnessed within the context of a rapidly changing global economy.

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BY ROB VOS AND SWATI MALHOTRA

At their May 11-12 meeting in Niigata, Japan, G20 agriculture ministers agreed to cooperate in promoting new digital technologies (including robotics, remote sensing, artificial intelligence, and blockchain), tapping the potential of food value chain (FVC) development, and reducing food loss and waste.

A new four-year (2019-2022) European Union-funded project known as Health of Ethiopian Animals for Rural Development (HEARD) has been launched in Ethiopia. The EUR15 million project builds upon the experience and lessons learned from other animal health projects in Ethiopia. Continue reading

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This piece originally appeared on the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals (GLDC)

The CGIAR Research Program on Livestock recently announced with pleasure the appointment of Dr. Isabelle Baltenweck as its new flagship leader for Livestock, Livelihoods and Agro-food Systems (LLAFS).

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In early October 2018, PIM’s Flagship on Inclusive and Efficient Value Chains hosted a workshop on Integrating Value Chain Research across CGIAR. The goal of the meeting, held jointly with our partner Wageningen University and Research (WUR), was to catalyze the development of a CGIAR Value Chains community of practice (CoP), which would facilitate collaboration on the topic among the CGIAR research programs (CRPs).