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Artificial Insemination in Dairy Cattle, a Technology Tool for Genetic Improvement, and Increased Milk Production in the Rwandan Context

In Rwanda, the livestock sector, especially dairy cattle farming, contributes substantially to food and nutrition security, poverty reduction, and farmer income generation. Despite successes in cattle production systems, farmers and technicians encounter several challenges that impede the full expression of cattle’s performance. The main hindrances to full expression are inadequate cattle breeding management (including genetics...

USAID PSE

Enduring Results 4.0 Study Learning Events

The private sector is playing an unprecedented role in creating and shaping opportunities that improve the lives of the people and communities USAID supports. To continue to foster effective engagement between USAID and the private sector, the Agency launched a series of Enduring Results Studies (ERS) in 2016 to examine what drives enduring results in...

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LASER PULSE Partners with Minority Serving Institutions in Development Research

Researchers in Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) represent a significant resource of scientific talent to partner with USAID in development research. Development research, in turn, provides new opportunities to MSI researchers to increase the impact of their research and secure new valuable research funding. In view of USAID’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Strategy, the Administration’s...

South Sudan

Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance South Sudan MYE Impact Evaluation

Driven by curiosity, Lila Kumar Khatiwada (PI) and Madhav Joshi (Co-PI) of the University of Notre Dame worked closely with development practitioners from ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) and the Gender Equality and Women’s Leadership Program (GEWLP) of South Sudan to carry out an evaluation of USAID’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance’s (BHA) pilot multi-year emergency (MYE) project....

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LASER PULSE Conducts Research for Development Workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

LASER PULSE convened its third Research for Development Workshop on Sept. 20-21 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with a call to action to continue efforts toward researcher-practitioner collaboration in development research. Using its four existing projects in the region as a basis for effectiveness in research for development, LASER PULSE urged attendees to utilize its collaborative...

Launch of Promising Practices for Embedded Research Translation

LASER PULSE is excited to present a new resource entitled Promising Practices for Embedded Research Translation: a toolkit to improve partnerships, processes, products, and dissemination. View the toolkit alongside our entire catalog of research translation resources at https://laserpulse.org/research-translation-tools-templates/. This collection of 24 promising practices is a synthesis of the evidence and knowledge from 187 peer reviewed...

Demystifying Private Sector Engagement at USAID’s Higher Education Global Evidence Summit

The researcher-USAID team consisting of Dr. Priyanka Brunese and Dr. Yuehwern Yih from Purdue University and Tatiana Pulido from USAID presented at USAID’s Higher Education Global Evidence Summit (HEGES) on May 17th, 2022 on “Demystifying Private Sector Engagement: Lessons learned from USAID’s partnering processes.” You can watch the presentation video from HEGES 2022 here.  https://youtu.be/aPrPadbylWA This presentation...

Technology Tools for Building Resilience of Dairy Farms and Improving Dairy Production in Rwanda project

Professors Facilitate Rwanda Workshops on Dairy Management and Feed Technology

Between April and June, Professors Geoffrey Dahl and Diwakar Viyas (University of Florida), as well as Dirk Maier (Iowa State University), facilitated three workshops at the University of Rwanda - Nyagatare, to equip students in the students in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Production with knowledge and skills in the feed value chain...

Working Together to Improve Air Quality for Vietnamese Children

The LASER PULSE-funded Avoid the TRAP project is conducting outreach activities to engage a variety of local and national stakeholders around improving air quality for Vietnamese children. These activities have successfully integrated environmental, health, and educational partners, which will facilitate research translation, raise awareness, and enable the utilization of research outcomes. In January 2022, the...

Makerere University- ResilientAfrica Network’s Efforts to Build Capacity for Research Leadership

Low- and-middle income country (LMIC) Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have a large pool of experienced scholars in proximity to target communities and are strategically placed to address the evidence gaps in relation to research leadership. It is through the involvement and engagement of the local researchers that we can leverage the power of Indigenous knowledge....