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Livestock and climate change: Where the BIG opportunities lie
Article / Climate Change / CRP7 / ILRI / Livelihoods / Livestock / Livestock Systems / LSE / Pro-Poor Livestock / Spotlight / Vulnerability

Livestock and climate change: Where the BIG opportunities lie

Agricultural management can do only so much to increase the resilience, diversification and risk management of the developing world’s livestock-keeping communities. Their successful adaptation to climate change depends heavily also on their being supported by enabling policy and other environments. What that in turn depends on is reliable evidence of just how big a difference livestock adaptations can make to household incomes and food security provided in timely ways and appropriate formats. Continue reading

Animal agriculture research director envisions developing-world livestock sector in 2054
Animal Feeding / Animal Production / Animal Products / Biotechnology / Directorate / Event Report / ILRI / ILRI40 / Intensification / Livestock Systems / Policy / Pro-Poor Livestock / Research / Spotlight

Animal agriculture research director envisions developing-world livestock sector in 2054

Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), provided a vision of what livestock production in the developing world will look like in 2054, 40 years from now. He presented this on the first of a two-day conference being held this week (6–7 Nov 2014) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to mark the 40-year anniversary of ILRI. Continue reading

Help smallholders protect their environments and adapt to climate change––IFAD president challenges livestock researchers
Agriculture / Climate Change / Ethiopia / Food Security / ILRI40 / Livestock / Livestock Systems

Help smallholders protect their environments and adapt to climate change––IFAD president challenges livestock researchers

In his keynote address to the ILRI@40 conference on the first morning, Kanayo Nwanze, president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), highlighted high-priority areas where livestock research can make the greatest contribution to poverty reduction and better food security in future. Continue reading

Addis Ababa conference marks 40-yr anniversary of world’s leading livestock-research-for-development institute
Directorate / Ethiopia / Event / Food Security / Health (human) / ILRI / ILRI40 / Livestock / Poultry / Poverty / Pro-Poor Livestock / Spotlight

Addis Ababa conference marks 40-yr anniversary of world’s leading livestock-research-for-development institute

To mark 40 years of international research this year, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) has been facilitating a series of events highlighting the ways livestock research advances the global development agenda, specifically for food and nutritional security, economic well-being and healthy lives. This Thursday and Friday (6–7 Nov 2014), ILRI is hosting a two-day high-profile conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where ILRI has a principal campus and has carried out livestock research for development for the last four decades. Continue reading

African animal agriculture:  Grasping opportunities as a great livestock transition gets under way
Africa / Animal Production / Animal Products / Directorate / Event / ILRI / ILRI40 / Kenya / Presentation / Pro-Poor Livestock / Spotlight

African animal agriculture: Grasping opportunities as a great livestock transition gets under way

ILRI director general Jimmy Smith made a keynote presentation at the 6th All African Conference on Animal Agriculture (AACAA), held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, in Nairobi, Kenya, 27–29 Oct 2014. The slide presentation is above and a summary below. Continue reading

Small farmers and big retailing: What works? What doesn’t? in developing countries
Agriculture / CRP2 / Dairying / Fish / ILRI / Innovation Systems / Presentation / PTVC / Spotlight / Tanzania / Thailand / Trade / Uganda

Small farmers and big retailing: What works? What doesn’t? in developing countries

What, or who, is a smallholder farmer? What is the ongoing retail revolution in developing countries all about? Are small-scale farmers involved? Two agricultural economists, Derek Baker, formerly of ILRI and now at the University of New England (UNE), in Australia, and Jo Cadilhon, of ILRI, help us think this through in a presentation they made at the GLOBALG.A.P. Summit in Abu Dhabi this week. Continue reading