Science Talk & Research Workshop: Sustainable Animal Productivity – how do private actors shape livestock value chains?

  • Date
  • Time
    02:00 pm > 03:30 pm UTC+03:00
  • Location
    United Nations, MRM, Nairobi, Kenya

Thematic Area: Sustainable Animal Foods

Animal agriculture provides a livelihood to more than one billion people worldwide. In low and middle income countries where the level of malnutrition remains high, production of milk, eggs and meat needs to increase within planetary boundaries. The Sustainable Animal Productivity for Livelihoods Nutrition and Gender Inclusion (SAPLING) Initiative, building on a decade of research for and in development, is co-creating innovations with local and national partners, implementing and evaluating them in 7 countries in chicken, dairy, pigs and small ruminants value chains to increase livestock productivity and production. 

The profile of public and private actors varies considerably across countries, value chains and sites. The session will start with a presentation of business approaches analysed in SAPLING to deliver productivity-enhancing technologies. We will then deepen the discussion with a panel of private actors, policy makers and researchers on how the private sector currently shapes livestock value chains and what incentives are required to move to more sustainable and equitable systems. Questions discussed by the panel will include:

  • What strategies do private sector actors employ, if any, to make their business more ‘climate smart’ and inclusive of poor women and men livestock keepers?
  • What research and innovation support do private sector actors need to make their business more ‘climate smart’ and inclusive?
  • What does the increasing private sector involvement mean for:
    • feed and fodder security, herd health practices, and adoption of appropriate breeds?
    • Profitability and viability of livestock enterprises and enterprise financing?

The workshop will conclude with recommendations for the design of the Mega Program on Animal and Aquatic food systems.


  • James Rao
  • Isabelle Baltenweck
  • Emily Ouma, ILRI
  • An Notenbaert, ABC
  • Sri Bharatam, KUZA
  • Dr Silali, Geneplus, 
  • George Odhiambo, Norbrook
  • Silas Maosa, Peformeter