IDRC’s research and partnerships were in the spotlight at this year’s African Green Revolution Forum, held in Nairobi, Kenya, from September 5–9. IDRC’s Cultivate Africa’s Future (CultiAf) project, and collaborating partner the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), organized the side-event Science and Innovation to Transform African Agriculture to kick off the forum.
Kenyan and Canadian researchers are introducing a new vaccine against cattle lung disease and actively involving Somali women livestock keepers in the vaccine development process. While Somali women play a key role in cattle rearing, only men tend to engage in disease control programs. Together all players are ensuring maximum adoption to improve cattle health and farmers' livelihoods.
There is ample evidence that addressing gender inequalities and empowering women are vital to meeting the challenges of improving food and nutrition security, and enabling poor rural people to overcome poverty.