A new kind of extension worker: the Livestock Guru. Validated RNRRS Output.


This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

Summary for Project title: R8213:Including the voices of the poor: developing a decision-making framework for livestock disease prioritisation and the uptake of animal health technologies by poor livestock keepers.

Researchers working in India have developed Livestock Guru—a multi-media interactive learning program to teach farmers about animal health, welfare, and production. The program is available in two languages (Tamil and Oriya) and poor livestock keepers are being given access to it through kiosks with computing facilities. In Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry, these kiosks are permanently available in local village knowledge centres. In Orissa, on the other hand, they are being placed in NGO training centres and local government offices for two months before being moved on. Importantly, the program keeps a record of exactly what information users ask for. This information can then be used to make decision makers aware of the needs of the poor and to update the program.

The CD has the following information for this output: Description, Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (14 pp.) taken from the CD.


LPP25, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 137.

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