The Research Core Group met on 10th September, 2016 to review Phase 1 of the implementation of the Intervention Phase and to explore the expansion of the PERIMILK Research Portfolio.
Feedback from site partners was sought about their experience in the intervention training phase and how some of the mid-course interventions suggested by them would be carried out in the coming months. Discussions were held on the different components of the intervention package. The Group also explored the possibility of developing additional mass communication products, including multimedia content, that could be tested during the project period (independent of the intervention sites) and made available for future use by the agriculture departments at state and national levels for their extension activities.
The RCZI team steered the discussion, looking at ways of expanding the PERIMILK research portfolio by creating more nuanced and in-depth research outcomes. It was decided that through the network of site partners, a number of these multi-centric studies would operate in a “network mode”, where one site would be in charge and coordinate with other sites to come up with findings that provide scope for broader research and deeper analysis for the human-animal-environment interface in Periurban small holder dairy systems. These will feed into policy and programme related recommendations that the PHFI-ILRI India Research Initiative on Peri-urban Human-Animal Environment Interface will finalise by the last quarter of 2017.
The meeting was held in Gurgaon and was attended by Dr. Jasbir Singh Bedi, Dr. Abhishek Gaurav, Dr. Nadeem Fairoze, Dr. R A Hazarika, Dr. Ashok Kumar, Dr. Sanjay Chaturvedi, Dr. Manish Kakkar, Dr. Pranab Chatterjee, Dr. Abhimanyu Singh Chauhan, Dr. Kanuj Sethi, and Dr. Jessy Joseph.