Africa / Botswana / Livestock / PIL / PIM / Southern Africa

Call for abstracts: Conference on policies for competitive smallholder livestock production

The Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA) in collaboration with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) will hold a conference on 4-6 March 2015 in Gaborone, Botswana with the theme Policies for competitive smallholder livestock production. The conference aims to provide an opportunity for African and international scientists and the … Continue reading

Africa / Botswana / PIL / PIM / Southern Africa / Value Chains

ILRI study sheds light on livestock value chains in central Botswana

In December 2012, a snapshot survey was conducted in two villages (Taupye and Thabala) and one semi-urban area (Serowe) in Botswana’s Central District. The aim of the survey was to characterize, using rapid appraisal techniques, the knowledge, practices, structure and performance of value chain actors. The survey included focus group discussions and individual interviews with … Continue reading

Africa / Botswana / ILRI / PIL / PIM / Southern Africa

Field visits conducted in Botswana to assess participatory epidemiology skills of vets and extension staff

In mid-March 2013, Saskia Hendrickx travelled to Botswana to conduct field mentoring of the veterinarians and extension staff who were trained in participatory epidemiology in November 2012. Over a two week period and together with colleagues from the Botswana Ministry of Agriculture, she travelled to Central and Chobe districts to visit a total of five … Continue reading

Africa / Botswana / ILRI / PIL / PIM / Southern Africa

Animal health workers in Botswana receive training in participatory epidemiology

Twenty animal health workers from Chobe, Central District and South-East District in Botswana benefited from a week-long introductory training course in participatory epidemiology that was held at Serowe, Central District, Botswana on 19 – 24 November 2012. The objective of the training course was to equip the participants with basic knowledge of epidemiology, disease surveillance … Continue reading

Botswana / DRYLANDS-CRP / Livestock / Markets / PIL / Southern Africa / Value Chains

Competitive smallholder livestock in Botswana: Project stakeholders gather for inception workshop

On 31 October 2012, the Competitive Smallholder Livestock in Botswana project held an inception workshop at the Botswana College of Agriculture. The workshop brought together participants from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the Ministry of Agriculture, the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis, South Africa and Namibia. The objectives of this new project are to: … Continue reading

Africa / Botswana / ILRI / Livestock / Markets / PIL / PIM / Southern Africa / Value Chains

Introducing the Competitive Smallholder Livestock in Botswana project blog

Welcome to the blog of the project, Competitive Smallholder Livestock in Botswana. The project has three main objectives, namely: to better define smallholder livestock production systems and to identify the factors affecting the productivity of smallholder livestock producers and assess their competitiveness; to understand and improve conditions for market participation and value addition in markets … Continue reading