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Change through Unity and Collective Action - A report of the 6th Maha-adhiveshan of the Kandhamal Mahila Mandal, Balliguda, Kandhamal district, Odisha
Odisha, India, May 2013 - The Kandhamal Mahila Mandal (KMM), a federation of 587 Self Help Groups in the Balliguda subdivision of Kandhamal district convened its 6th Maha-adhiveshan(1) in Balliguda on 22nd April 2013. Over 6,000 women SHG members from the Balliguda, Nuagaon, Tumudibandh and Daringwadi blocks of the Balliguda subdivision participated in the event.
National Workshop on Community-led Conservation of Local Livestock Breeds, National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources, 8-9 March, 2013
India, April 2013 - SEVA, Madurai in association with the National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources (NBAGR) and the LIFE Network(1) convened a National Workshop on Community-led Conservation of Local Livestock Breeds followed by the Breed Saviour Awards Ceremony 2012, on 8th and 9th March 2013, at NBAGR, Karnal.
India, December 2012 - SEVA in collaboration with the National Biodiversity Authority, LIFE Network and the Honey Bee Network, invites applications from pastoralists, livestock keepers and organizations, for the fourth Breed Saviour Awards to be awarded at a function in March, 2013.
Regional Policy Forum on Asian Livestock – Challenges, Opportunities and the Response, Bangkok, Thailand, 16-17 August 2012
Bangkok, Thailand, September 2012 - The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in collaboration with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and other partners organized a two day regional policy forum in Bangkok, Thailand, to discuss and debate on issues concerning livestock production in the Asia-Pacific region.
Rajasthan, India, April 2012 - Common pool resources or Commons play a critical role in maintaining the ecological balance, providing essential resources to sustain life and livelihoods, particularly of the poor, ensuring food security and meeting rural energy and fodder requirements. Over the years, there has been a steady decline both in the extent and in the quality of common lands, largely on account of changes in land use, a collapse of governance mechanisms, an absence of clear tenure and the allocation of these lands for other purposes.
Door step delivery of livestock health care services - the eVet project of the Madhya Pradesh Animal Husbandry Department
Madhya Pradesh, India, April 2012 - The Department of Animal Husbandry, Government of Madhya Pradesh, recently launched an eVet project, initially focused in selected villages in 15 blocks in the districts of Sehore and Betul. Approved by the agriculture cabinet, the initial pilot in the two selected districts is jointly funded by the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY), a central government scheme to increase investment in agriculture, and the state plan budget.
India, January 2012 - SEVA in association with LIFE Network and with support from the National Biodiversity Authority organized a function in Chennai on 10th January 2012 to give out the National Breed Saviour Awards 2011, recognising individuals and organisations that have worked on the conservation and promotion of indigenous livestock breeds. The function was part of a workshop on Community Conservation of Local Livestock Breeds.
World Livestock 2011 – Livestock in Food Security, a recent report published by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations
India, January 2012 - Following the 2009 report on the State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA), this report discusses the role of livestock and explores the contribution of livestock to the food security of the poor from three perspectives - livestock and its contribution to global food security; the food security situation of livestock dependent societies, small scale mixed farmers and urban populations; and its contribution to food security in the future.
India, November 2011 - The Madhya Pradesh Livestock Development Policy has been sent for notification after its approval by the agriculture cabinet, which met in Bhopal on 31st August 2011 under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
India, October 2011 - SEVA/LIFE Network (Local Livestock for Empowerment of Rural People), a group of organisations and individuals who promote community-based conservation and development of indigenous livestock breeds, in collaboration with the National Biodiversity Authority are organizing the Breed Saviour awards 2011.
India, September 2011 - The proceedings of the E-Conference on "Successes and failures with animal nutrition practices and technologies in developing countries", organised in September 2010 by FAO’s Animal Production and Health Division have been published.
Bhutan, August 2011 - The South Asia Pro-Poor Livestock Policy Programme, the Department of Livestock and the National Biodiversity Centre, under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Bhutan, jointly convened a workshop on the Conservation of Indigenous Poultry Breeds of Bhutan on 10th August 2011, at Thimphu Dzongkhag in Bhutan.
India, April 2011 - The 2010 -11 edition of the State of Food and Agriculture report published annually by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations focuses on Women in agriculture: Closing the gender gap for development.
India, January 2011 - The International Fund for Agricultural Development recently released the “Rural Poverty Report 2011 - New realities, new challenges: new opportunities for tomorrow’s generation”. The 2011 Report has been issued after a decade with the last report being released in 2001.
Workshop on Common Property Resource Institutions and Pastoral Production Systems highlights the need for convergence between agriculture and livestock development
India, September 2010 - The Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) in collaboration with Anthra and the Centre for Social Ecology (CenSE) organized a workshop on the theme "Common Property Resource Institutions, Pastoral Production Systems and the Green Revolution in Transition: From Conflict to Convergence" at Pune on 3rd and 4th September 2010.
India, August 2010 - The IFAD funded Uttarakhand Livelihood Improvement Project for the Himalayas (ULIPH) convened a state-level workshop on strategies and approaches for small-holder poultry rearing on 21st and 22nd July 2010 in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
India, August 2010 - In view of the fact that the development of small ruminants in an integrated manner (i.e. selection of the right animals combined with making best use of locally available resources) holds great potential for generating employment and enhancing rural prosperity, the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Government of India and National Bank for Agriculture and rural Development (NABARD) have jointly launched a new centrally sponsored scheme titled “Integrated development of small ruminants and rabbits”, for promoting commercial breeding and rearing of sheep, goat and rabbits.
Village Theatre - An effective communication strategy for the promotion of small-holder poultry rearing
Bangladesh, June 2010 - As evening fell in the village of Joira, District Manikganj in early February, the community started congregating together, expectantly waiting for the show to begin. During the day, staff of BRAC’s Social Development Programme had informed regarding the staging of play in their village on poultry rearing.
The Netherlands, April 2010 - The March 2010 issue of the magazine Farming Matters focuses on the benefits of livestock rearing, particularly for small and marginal farmers. The theme of the current issue coincides with ILEIA’s membership in the 2009-2010 Campaign on the International year of Family Farming.
India, March 2010 - Livestock contributes 40 percent of the global value of agricultural output and supports the livelihoods and food security of almost a billion people. The livestock sector is one of the fastest growing parts of the agricultural economy, driven by income growth and supported by technological and structural change.
New York, December 2009 - The Republic of Seychelles, the Swedish Government and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) at the United Nations organized an event on the 8th October 2009, to brief the G77 nations on animal welfare and its relevance to sustainable development.
India, November 2009 - Comparing and Supporting Endogenous Development (COMPAS) together with Centre for Indian Knowledge Systems (CIKS) has published a document titled “Use of Animal Products in Traditional Agriculture – A Pilot Project in Southern India”. While communicating the experiences and results of this project to the farmers, community based organizations and academics; this is also an endeavour to stimulate further thinking and research in the area of traditional knowledge.
A platform to share experiences and knowledge on the availability and requirement of fodder, feed and grazing areas
India, October 2009 - Rainfed Livestock Network (RLN) together with Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) organised a workshop entitled, “Fodder, feed and grazing issues of Livestock Keepers with specific reference to CPRs”, from 8-9th October 2009 at New Delhi.
Bhutan, September 2009 - “Kuenphen Ugyen Tshogpa” is the name of the recently formed Poultry Farmers’ Group in the Kawang block of Thimphu District of Bhutan. Comprising of seven farmers, this first and only poultry group legally came into force on July 31, 2009. The four days training of the group, on the poultry management and By-laws, commenced on August 12, 2009.
Analyzing different approaches in the provision of primary health care services to the livestock in rain-fed areas
India, September 2009 - A workshop was held in Bhuj, from 2-3 September 2009 on the Delivery of Primary Health Care Services to the Livestock. Anchored by FES, the workshop was hosted by Sahjeevan, an NGO working towards nurturing and developing the natural resources to strengthen the livelihood security of poor people.
Bhutan, August 2009 - The Department of Livestock, Ministry of Agriculture, Bhutan organized a National Livestock conference from 27th July to 29th July 2009. The theme of the conference was “Towards realization of 10th Five Year Plan, Livestock program through One Geog Three Products (OGTP) approach”.
India, August 2009 - A “National Workshop on Breed Promotion and conservation” was organized by the Rainfed Livestock network, anchored by the Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) and hosted by Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan (LPPS), a core group member of the Network from 20-21 July 2009 in Sadri Rajasthan.
India, July 2009 - A National Workshop on “Synthesizing Experiences in Promotion of Backyard Poultry”, was jointly organized by WASSAN, Project Directorate of Poultry (PDP), SA PPLPP, Rainfed Livestock Network (FES) in Hyderabad on 9-10 July 2009, with an objective of sharing field experiences in promoting Back Yard Poultry and identifying the major areas of concern and future course of action.
Italy, July 2009 - A Research Report of the Pro-poor Livestock Policy Initiative (PPLPI) of FAO, which draws upon some of the Good Practices documented by SA-PPLPP, looks at the multiple ways through which poultry sector development can contribute to increased food security and accelerated poverty reduction in Indiia.
Bangladesh, July 2009 - The “South Asia Regional Workshop on Livestock in Livelihoods - Ways to Break the Poverty Cycle“ was organized by Inter Cooperation (IC) at Bogra, Bangladesh from 22-23 June 2009.
Bhutan, June 2009 - The new Land Act of 2007 of Bhutan, states that all private and community owned tsamdro land (forest land used for grazing) and sokshing land (forest land used for leaf litter collection) will now be returned back to the government.
India, May 2009 - In a joint effort by the Govt of West Bengal and West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences, a programme for in-situ conservation of Haringhata Black and Aseel breeds of indigenous poultry has been initiated for the first time in West Bengal with the financial support being provided by the Ministry of Agriculture, Govt of India.
Bangladesh, April 2009 - The concept of rearing poultry birds in wooden shelters comes from traditional system of poultry rearing in Bangladesh. BRAC introduced this system as part of their ultra poor programme in 2005.
India, April 2009 - Orissa is the first state in India to have formulated a comprehensive Livestock Policy and to get it approved by the State Assembly for implementation.
India, March 2009 - The study report on the impact of Bird Flu on Poor People’s Poultry related Livelihoods in West Bengal, India has been released.
India, February 2009 – The Department of Animal Husbandry, Government of Madhya Pradesh organized a seminar on Comprehensive Policy Support for Effective Livestock Systems from 16-17 February 2009 at Bhopal.
India, January 2009 - The Orissa Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department has initiated an exemplary effort to bridge the communication gap in the field of livestock development by harnessing the Information, Communication, Technology tools for development (ICT4D).
Bhutan, November 2008 - In recognition of his unfailing dedication and hard work, Mr. Tenzin Dhendup, Director of the Department of Livestock, Ministry of Agriculture has been promoted as the Director General of the same Department with effect from July 2008.
India, October 2008 - In a village in Murshidabad, fe/male poultry farmers still hold onto the compensation receipts received in lieu of birds culled in January 2008 at the time of Bird flu outbreak in West Bengal.
India, September 2008 - The term of Dr. (Ms) Amrita Patel, Chairperson of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), has been extended by another five years.
Bangladesh, September 2008 - The SA PPLPP Bangladesh team visited biogas plants of Bangladesh Association for Social Advancement (BASA) at village Pajulia in district Gazipur on Septermber 8, 2008.
India, August 2008 - What do people mean by pro-poor and how is it interpreted in the real world of policy implementation?
BAIF's Livestock Development Programmes to have Small Ruminants and Backyard Poultry as a Key Component
India, April 2008 - A brain storming exercise on the future of livestock research and development in BAIF was organized on the 15th and 16th of April 2008.
Bangladesh, July 2008 - Egg prices have shot up abnormally throughout Bangladesh as layer chicken farming marked a drastic slump given the fear of bird flu among farmers.
Bangladesh, April 2008 - With the whole of the zilla under the grip of Avian Influenza, Kapashia village managed to escape the same
India, June 2008 - Takhta Bai in village Solankiye commented- “This is Trikal, three years of continuous Akal (drought.). There is neither fodder for animals nor grains for us nor water for any of us!”
India, May 2008 - The NDDB-FAO South Asia Pro-Poor Livestock Policy Programme (SA-PPLPP) requested PPLPI to assist in drawing policy, programme and institutional lessons from 16 'Good Practices' (GPs) in the poultry sector which SA-PPLPP has identified and documented in Bangladesh, Bhutan and India.