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ILRI@tropentag 2014: Livestock-based options for sustainable food and nutritional security and healthy lives
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ILRI@tropentag 2014: Livestock-based options for sustainable food and nutritional security and healthy lives

On 18 September, as part of its events marking 40 years of international livestock research, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) holds a side event at Tropentag 2014 on Livestock-based options for sustainable food and nutritional security and healthy lives. It will highlight products of livestock research contributing to the global development agenda, from generating research products (performing) to targeting research investments and policymaking (informing) to reshaping whole livestock production systems (transforming). Continue reading

New studies on MERS coronavirus and camels in eastern Africa published
Animal Diseases / Article / Biosciences / Camels / East Africa / Emerging Diseases / Epidemiology / ILRI / ILRIComms / ILVAC / Kenya / Middle East / Pastoralism / Spotlight / Zoonotic Diseases

New studies on MERS coronavirus and camels in eastern Africa published

Two new papers on MERS (Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome) coronavirus and camels in Eastern Africa have been published in the science journal ‘Emerging Infectious Diseases'; three of the authors are ILRI scientists. Continue reading

Scottish and Kenya scientists in new alliance to improve animal breeding and health in developing countries
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Scottish and Kenya scientists in new alliance to improve animal breeding and health in developing countries

Challenges faced by livestock farmers in tropical developing countries are the focus of a new alliance involving researchers from Scotland and Africa. The new Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health will initially focus on the use of genetic information to improve the health and productivity of farmed animals in tropical climates. Continue reading

New map: Benefits of controlling trypanosomosis in the Horn of Africa
Agriculture / Books and Chapters / Cattle / Disease Control / East Africa / Ethiopia / Geodata / ILRI / ILRIComms / Kenya / Knowledge & Information / LSE / Somalia / Spotlight / Sudan / Trypanosomiasis / Zoonotic Diseases

New map: Benefits of controlling trypanosomosis in the Horn of Africa

Using the Horn of Africa as an example, the maps illustrate different steps in a methodology developed to estimate and map the economic benefits to livestock keepers of controlling a disease (Shaw et al. 2014). Cattle are first assigned to different production systems as shown in Map 1, illustrating for example, where mixed farming is heavily dependent on the use of draft oxen in Ethiopia, areas of Sudan and South Sudan where oxen use is much lower, and the strictly pastoral areas of Somalia and Kenya. Continue reading

New map: Impacts of climate change on length of growing periods in Africa
Africa / Agriculture / Books and Chapters / Climate Change / CRP7 / Geodata / ILRI / ILRIComms / Knowledge & Information / LSE / Spotlight

New map: Impacts of climate change on length of growing periods in Africa

Impacts of climate change on length of growing periods in Africa by Philip Thornton The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has published an atlas illustrating the current state of African smallholder agriculture. The Atlas of African Agriculture Research and Development comprises a series of maps and short analyses that showcase and locate the continent’s diverse agricultural … Continue reading

New map: Rainfall and rainfall variability in Africa
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New map: Rainfall and rainfall variability in Africa

An average of less than 1,000 millimeters of rain falls per year across most of Africa (Map 1). Rainfall tends to decrease with distance from the equator and is negligible in the Sahara (north of about latitude 16°N), in eastern Somalia, and in the southwest of the continent in Namibia and South Africa. Rainfall is most abundant on the eastern seaboard of Madagascar; portions of the highlands in eastern Africa; large areas of the Congo Basin and central Africa; and parts of coastal western Africa including Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Continue reading