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Four Gender Basin Profiles

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The Four Gender Basin Profiles are a set of maps that display gender-disaggregated information on a range of topics related to water management and agriculture in four river basins: the Ganges, Nile, Volta and Mekong.

Percentage of female-headed households in the Volta river basin Screenshot showing the percentage of female-headed households in the Volta river basin.

Gender inequity is prevalent in water management and agriculture, but very little accurate data exists on gendered aspects of these sectors. Researchers, policy makers and development investors need access to better information on gender dynamics to be able to improve gender equity in decision making on water management.

Scientists from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) have produced the maps by collecting open-source, district-level, gender-disaggregated data from 13 countries (Nepal, India, and Bangladesh in the Ganges; Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Myanmar in the Mekong; Ethiopia, Egypt, and Uganda in the Nile; Ghana and Burkina Faso in the Volta) on topics such as population distribution, malnutrition and sanitation. Then, they mapped the information geo-spatially in order to show what information that was currently available where, and strikingly, to show what was still missing.

The maps aim to provide an evidence base for analysis of gender disparities and new development opportunities, and they may be useful to researchers, policy makers, non-government organizations and civil society groups making decisions on or investments in agricultural water management. Currently, this activity is being expanded in the Volta and Nile basins to explore in more detail how the maps can be used to support water management institutions.


Go to the Four Gender Basin Profiles website Woman steering a boat down a canal off the Hau River in Can Tho Province, Vietnam. Mapping data for equity

The Four Basin Gender Profiles project (4BGP) set out to try and map the kinds of information currently openly available on a range of topics related to water management and agriculture in four river basins: The Ganges, Nile, Volta and Mekong. [read more]

Contact for more information: alan nicol Alan Nicol

a.nicol (at) cgiar.org

Alan Nicol is Theme Leader of Governance, Gender and Poverty at the International Water Management Institute. His expertise is research on water and development in Asia and Africa, with a particular focus on political economy, rural water development and transboundary river basin management. [read more]

ILRI Addis generator preventive maintenance work

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ILRI Addis E & FU team had planned to conduct preventive maintenance work on backup generator sets on the weekend but this could not happen due to certain circumstances.

The maintenance work is therefore rescheduled for Sunday May 21 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

During this time, if the main power is disconnected from EEPCO, the generator wouldn’t be used as a backup power supply except for Cold room and ICT server room.

Apologies for any inconvenience this might cause to you.


Multidimensional crop improvement research on grain legumes in Ethiopia

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The Livestock and Fish program joined the Africa RISING project in supporting these theses.


Three Ethiopian MSc. students, who contributed to ICARDA’s research on multidimensional improvement of grain legumes recently graduated from Ethiopian Universities. Tena Alemu and Asemahegn Mersha graduated from Hawassa University under joint supervision of Jane Wamatu (ICARDA), Adugna Tolera and Mohammed Beyan. Teklu Wegi graduated from Haramaya University under joint supervision of Jane Wamatu, Adugna Tolera and Getachew Animut. The USAID-funded Africa RISING project and the Livestock and Fish CGIAR program jointly supported Tena and Asemahegn while Teklu was entirely supported by Africa RISING.

The students have unlocked key trends and trait relationships across grain legume crops that can inform and further guide crop improvement.

Asemahegn MershaAsemahegn, who evaluated the cultivar-dependent variation in food-feed traits in lentil (Lens culinaris), determined that there are significant genotypic and location variations for grain yield and straw traits in lentil and GL has significant effects. Correlations between grain and straw yields are positive, moderate…

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The #GCRAD3 wake up call for R4D organizations: ‘Walk the talk’

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Frank Rijsberman facilitates the closing session of GCARD3

A panel of experts at the GCARD3 conference (photo credit: CGIAR).

Every agricultural research aims to benefit resource-poor farmers to eradicate poverty, hunger and malnutrition and environmental degradation.

What can researchers do to ensure their findings address the needs, impact, change and uplift the livelihoods of the targeted smallholder farmer?

Over 500 Scientists, civil society, investment agencies, research institutions, policymakers, young agripreneurs, farmers and the media from all over the world gathered at the Global Conference for Agricultural Development (GCARD3) held in Johannesburg 5-8 April 2016 for thematic discussions to identify innovative systems for delivering development impacts. They also explored ways in which international agricultural research can be effective in contributing to national development outcomes. The commitment was to ‘leave no one behind’ on agri-food innovation and research for a sustainable world building on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to benefit the developing world.

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) participated in this conference as a member of the CGIAR consortium. ILRI works to improve food security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for better and more sustainable use of livestock.

ILRI was represented by top scientists led by Jimmy Smith, the director general. In preparation for the conference, efforts started in country levels where local partners including the private sector, local non governmental organizations (NGOs) and local government extension workers, participated in the national consultation workshop of CGIAR Site Integration process.

ILRI’s Siboniso Moyo was among the panelists reporting on their experiences/highlights of how the consultations went on in their respective countries. She shared her experience in site integration in Ethiopia. ‘We worked very closely with the ministry and key stakeholders from the sub regions to the national level to listen to their expectations so that they benefit from our research,’ said Moyo. Similar consultations took place in other countries including Tanzania, where ILRI country representatives joined other CGIAR institutions, government officials, farmers’ representatives and the private sector to identify research gaps and find strategic solutions mainly through working together.

Delegates at the GCARD focused their discussions on scaling up from research to impact, showcasing results and demonstrating impact, keeping science relevant and future focused, sustaining the business of farming and ensuring better rural futures.

ILRI’s Iddo Dror reminded the delegates how to ‘address the capacity needs of (today and) tomorrow’s researchers to meet the challenges and opportunities of future science’. In his presentation, Dror encouraged research for development (R4D) organizations to ‘walk the talk’ for their science to entice and fulfill diverse audience needs, by focusing incorporating instructional design theories and applications into their research to achieve behavior change and impact at scale. He called for more investments in professional capacity development skill-sets at the organizational level.

Engagement with dairy research and development partners in Tanzania illustrates how ILRI is responding to this need of working with various partnerships.

The vision of the program in Tanzania (locally referred to as Maziwa Zaidi) is an inclusive and sustainable smallholder dairy value chain. Through one of its R4D projects under this program, ILRI and partners implementing the MoreMilkiT are testing interventions to empower pre-commercial dairy farmers in Tanga and Morogoro regions to become more commercial through participation in dairy market hubs, where they can access inputs and services.

The approach has benefited producers linked to milk traders such as Leah Mwilaki, who collects milk from her neighbours and transports it to urban markets where she buys animal drugs and feed to sell back in the village. ILRI and Sokoine University of Agriculture are responsible for the research, while development partners Faida MaLi, Tanzania Dairy Board and Heifer International are piloting various interventions related to the hub approach that actively involves private sector players like ASAS Dairies Ltd.

Stimulating discussions from the themes brought up live examples of the impact of partnerships, such as the National Agricultural Research Institute of Uruguay (INIA), a public non-governmental institution presented by Mario Allegri, where the government and farmers have been co-governing and co-financing its operations for over 20 years. Such relationships ensure adoption of technologies which contributes to a country’s growth of the agricultural sector through results and technology products that have economic, social, environmental and institutional impacts. R4D institutions in developing countries like Tanzania can adopt such a system to facilitate a bottom up approach which ensures demand-driven research that eventually promotes sustainability.

A standing ovation was given to Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, the chief executive officer of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), who presented the two ‘wicked problems’ facing the research community. ‘Malnutrition and climate change are the global wicked problems because they are hard to define, interdependent with unseen consequences and mainly associated with policy failures; and require many players to contribute towards addressing them,’ said Sibanda, speaking at the Global Conference on the Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD3).

ILRI’s research on meat, fish, eggs and milk in different countries is contributing to fight these wicked problems. In terms of nutrition, the African Chicken Genetic Gains project is working with the public and private sectors in three African countries to test and avail high-producing, farmer-preferred genotypes to increase smallholder chicken productivity. This is one among the many projects by ILRI that has been contributing to meeting global nutrition needs; especially the much needed animal-source food that is important to women and children.

To tackle climate change, innovative products such as the weather index-based crop insurance by ILRI’s Index-based Livestock Insurance project (IBLI) are generating evidence aimed at rescuing smallholder farmers in Kenya and Ethiopia from drought induced livestock losses, increasing resilience to climate change. The insurance enables smallholder farmers to insure their loans and investments to purchase and use agricultural inputs. Still on climate change, a pilot study in Tanzania was done to address knowledge gaps around environmental aspects associated with dairy intensification, to identify best practices to mitigate negative impacts and enhance win-win outcomes for productivity and the environment.

To build sustainable livelihoods, it was observed that multi-stakeholders from the agricultural sector should find ways to work together by building partnerships, capacities and mutual accountabilities. In light of this, GCARD3 delegates agreed to implement three outcomes: to work with rural communities to shape their own futures, CGIAR and other international research systems to engage with, strengthen and add value to national partners to deliver national development objectives; and the public, private and civil partners to find new ways of bringing together finance and capacity development operating through community-driven, nationally-led and internationally-supported mechanisms.

Read the Summary report of the 3rd Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD3).

Filed under: Agriculture, Event, Food security, Innovation Systems, Livelihoods, Livestock, Participation, Policy, Research Tagged: CGIAR, CGIAR Site Integration, development impacts, GCARD3, Iddo Dror, SDGs, Siboniso Moyo

Short note on travel advance and travel expense procedures

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The following are important tips to note at the time of travel advance request and travel expense settlement. Tips on work advance request and settlement will follow soon.

Travel Advance

  • Fill the travel advance request in the OCS travel module and be sure to secure approval on time.
  • The finance unit will receive a work flow for advance processing at the completion of the approval.
  • If there is unsettled previous advance the work flow will be rejected by finance and you will receive note mentioning the same.
  • Otherwise your advance will be processed and you will receive a note notifying you of the completion of the advance. (I.e. the requested amount less outstanding balance is prepared).
  • Note: You are not required to submit the print out of the TA to finance.

Travel Expense

  • By selecting the specific travel note in which the travel request was made in the travel module, enter the expenses incurred and save the item. If initially no travel request was completed, you are required to fill the expense only as new record.
  • Don’t forget to upload the scanned copies of the original documents.
  • Follow up the timely approval of the workflow.
  • Submit the original supporting documents (hotel accommodation, fuel, and other receipts) to finance room number 15. You are required to write the transaction number of the travel note on the first page of the original supporting documents.
  • The OCS travel module didn’t support recording of per diem brake down. Consequently you are required to fill the per diem brake down in a separate excel calculator and submit the print out to finance room number 15 by writing on the top the transaction number of the travel note. (The OCS technical team is working on incorporating the per diem brake down in the system).
  • Finance after receiving the work flow, will look into the request and communicate you within average of 2 days in case there are missing information and documents. After the e-mail notification, if the required information and documents are not presented with in the next 3 days, the work flow will be rejected.
  • If everything is in order, finance will complete the work flow within an average of 5 working days after receipt of the work flow.
  • At the completion of the work flow you will receive alert through the OCS travel module.
  • At this stage you will also be notified of your correct business advance balance. If you owe ILRI, please submit the balance to finance room number 15 against cash receipt. Otherwise, the balance will be transferred to your bank account with in an average of 4 days.

Important reminders from ILRI travel policy

  • Please be sure to submit travel request 15 days before the trip to ensure flexibility in making travel arrangement and to obtain the lowest appropriate cost.
  • All travelers must prepare a travel report within 10 days of the return to duty station. No additional travel should be approved by the supervisor until the travel report is submitted.
  • Additional travel advances normally will not be provided if a travel advance remains outstanding unless the traveler must make sequential trips with less than 10 days interval.


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