As part of the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish, ILRI will be leading research in Vietnam on smallholder pig value chains. The research work will be in collaboration with the International Center for Tropical Agriuculture (CIAT) and various other national partners.
While ILRI and CIAT have both worked before in Vietnam, the approach of the Program offers opportunity and challenges. It builds on and connects different existing projects and much of the discussions looks at ways to align different activities to generate ‘value chain’ wide activities and interventions.
Thus, we have already identified ongoing related work on animal feeding (led by CIAT, funded by IFAD), food safety (led by ILRI, funded by ACIAR) and animal genetic resources (led by ILRI, funded by GEF) to be included within the project. The aim is to bring these projects together, identify additional inputs, and ultimately – upgrade the smallholder pig value chain in Vietnam.