This project ended on August 31, 2014

Link here to Final Project Report with Executive Summary

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Link here for Project Newsletter #4 (Focus on Gender Equity and Food Security)


Domestic livestock are an important component of the agricultural sector in Tanzania, with goats ranking second to cattle in terms of the contribution of livestock and root crops to income and human nutrition. Yet low growth rates of livestock and low milk production among small-scale farmers limit food and nutritional benefits. To address this problem, this project seeks to improve food security and human nutrition through an integrated programme of dairy goat cross-breeding and goat milk production that is coupled with cassava and sweet potato production for food and feed.

Working intensively with more than 120 households in two districts, these food security improvements are introduced through collaborative efforts with households, farmer groups, district extension officers, local non-government organizations and several national and international research agencies. To support the adoption and maintenance of this food system, a comprehensive program of research and analysis will also take place. A repeated livelihood assessment will focus on current opportunities and constraints to the introduction of new goat and crop activities along with insights into the actual experience of adoption at the household level. Gender analysis is focused on ways to enhance women’s participation and benefits from project activities.

Targeted research also addresses environmental impacts, market access and disease control with a focus on sustaining household and nutritional benefits over the long term. Insights from this research contributes to the successful implementation of this project, lays the ground work for wider-scale adoption, and transfers research capacity to the development community in East Africa and beyond.


This project is undertaken with the financial support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), www.idrc.ca, and the Government of Canada, provided through Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD), www.international.gc.ca