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Projects and activities | 14 June 2019

SPEAR - Empowering small-scale farmers towards the SDGs through participative, innovative and sustainable livestock and poultry value chains (PVCs)

Global Food and Nutrition Security

The overall objective of SPEAR is to improve the livelihoods of small-scale livestock and poultry farmers by improving the productivity and quality of local livestock and poultry value chains (LPVCs) in Senegal, Ghana, and Kenya through research (e.g., identifying constraints and opportunities for sustainable production and consumption) and innovation(e.g., insect meals as an animal feed and new livestock and poultry based products with long shelf life) that will contribute to policy. SPEAR is mainly articulated around five work packages: (i) Management and Coordination Platform; (ii) Investigation of constraints and opportunities for improving productivity and quality of local LPVCs; (iii) Development of participatory value chain modeling framework; (iv) Participatory research on LPVCs –“from the lab to the mud” focusing on developing low cost-and nutrient-rich food supplements from local cereals and insects and new livestock and poultry based products, and (v) Outreach and Learning to enhance innovation capacity. The novelty of our research lies in the combination of two approaches: (i) value chain analysis and (ii)participatory modeling, to create a participatory value chain modeling (PVCM) approach. Various stakeholders will be involved to integrate scientific knowledge with indigenous and local knowledge, which is often disregarded but can provide valuable insights, in the value chain analysis. SPEAR will bring stakeholders more inclusively into the planning and decision-making process that can (i) strengthen stakeholders’ capacity to make informed decisions, (ii) enhance stakeholders’ sense of ownership and implementation success, (iii) build sustainable business links for different LPVC actors, and (iv) increase policy uptake. A virtual leaning lab (VLL) for knowledge exchange, which can be an important information resource for LPVC stakeholders, will also be established.