The Somali livestock sector is composed of an array of value chains, with each chain consisting of interlinked core processes including production, local trading (wholesaling, retailing), export trade, processing and consumption (locally and abroad). These core processes are linked to a network of partners composed of among others: inputs and services providers, financial institutions, market information systems and training institutions among others.
The objective of the LIVE project is to enhance livestock development among poor households in Somalia by:
- strengthening local capacity to mobilize and use knowledge from livestock research in decision making; and
- enhancing the capacity of public and private sectors to improve livestock products’ marketing and safety.
The project further envisages expansion of the Livestock Market Information System (LMIS) in Puntland, South and Central Somalia. To achieve this, the need to strengthen research on milk, ghee, bones, hides and skin value chains is identified with a focus on products standards development and testing methods. The framework used to identify priority research areas and in delivery of interventions embodies two integrated approaches; the value chain analysis approach and the learning by doing approach.
To maximise on benefits accrued to value chain actors, including smallholders who form the bulk of Somali livestock producers and the economy at large, the LIVE project will build capacities and improve the infrastructure of public and private institutions. This will create a favourable environment for the livestock value chains to develop, add value, and upgrade since they do not exist in isolation, but are part of a larger socioeconomic system.
Besides building the capacity of key institutions supporting the livestock value chains, various research activities will be implemented in some selected livestock value chains namely, live animals, hides and skins, and the livestock bones value chains to provide information that will be used to improve overall efficiency of the chains to the benefit of all genders.
In addition to the above, ILRI will also be involved in enhancing decision making on climate change adaptation and on public sector investments by promoting uptake of the research findings.