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.
Small millets, despite being rich in micronutrients and dietary fibre and known for their low glycemic index and tolerance of water stress, are in decline in South Asia. Existing varieties suffer from low yield and farmers lack access to improved varieties.
India is responsible for nearly 70% of the world's mango production, but post-harvest losses, due to factors such as poor handling, transport, and processing, can be as high as 35%. In addition, farmers often receive a low price for their crop because of market glut.