Jemimah Njuki is a specialist in issues related to women and gender in agriculture. In this short film she explains her belief that farm animals could be one way for poor women to make money, feed their families better and educate their children. "Owning animal assets gives women power" says Njuki, ... and this gives women a voice ... and when women become equal partners, everyone benefits!"
Today's science and development issues are complex, often involving multiple international players, yet demanding local solutions. Increasingly, many acknowledge that such local solutions can best be summed up and communicated by showing local people talking in their own surroundings, especially in a world where few outside the research communities have the time or expertise to assess raw data. In this setting, science and development documentaries fill a vital role.The film department at ILRI (the International Livestock Research Institute) therefore aims to widen understanding of important topics that face pro-poor agricultural research in livestock issues, so removing one stumbling-block to the quick up-take of new technologies among those who could benefit most.