Livestock Innovation Lab Archive: Research Themes
Climate variability is an important determinant of animal, human, and environmental health. Changes in precipitation and temperature can affect the quality and quantity of forage available to animals at times when it is needed most.In addition to facing challenges from a changing climate, populations in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa are also undergoing rapid social transformation, facing reductions in communal resources and the reorganization of social obligations, networks, and governance.
Our goal is to increase resilience and augment the income of livestock producers in regions where agricultural systems are changing, available resources are shrinking, and climate is having an impact. We support research that aids individuals and communities to make choices and take actions that lead to sustainable livelihoods in the face of climate change.
We focus on the following research priorities to achieve our goals:
- Improve the health and productivity of livestock while benefiting the health and welfare of farm families and conserving natural resources.
- Integrate market research with the needs of small-scale farmers and facilitate partnerships among farmers, buyers, processors, and farmer organizations.
- Collect and analyze data from farms, partners, and governments that informs evidence-based solutions.
- Increase research capacity through training and educational support to individuals in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
- Extend the reach of funded research by leveraging resources and partnering with other organizations with similar research and development goals.
We focus on the following key principles to achieve our goals:
- We are interested in improving the health and productivity of livestock of the rural poor. We work with small-scale farmers to support their efforts to nourish their families and increase village resiliency.
- We support research that is informed by the local realities of small-scale farmers. We are interested in evidence-based solutions that are relevant and affordable.
- We are interested in increasing productivity that enhances animal, human, and environmental health. We focus on innovative approaches that increase productivity, enhance health, and conserve resources.
- Women are central to the research that we fund. We recognize that women are fundamental to the success of farm-based initiatives and expect research solutions to address gender gaps and address inequalities.