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Despite contamination concerns, Africa must embrace ‘wet markets’ as key to food security
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Despite contamination concerns, Africa must embrace ‘wet markets’ as key to food security

A new compilation of 25 studies in Africa finds that informal markets provide essential sources of food and income for millions of poor, with milk and meat that is often safer than supermarkets. Misguided efforts to control the alarming burden of food-related illnesses in low-income countries risk intensifying malnutrition and poverty — while doing little to improve food safety. Blunt crack-downs on informal milk and meat sellers that are a critical source of food and income for millions of people are not the solution. Continue reading

Lavish new pictorial book honours the world’s primary food producer–the family farmer
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Lavish new pictorial book honours the world’s primary food producer–the family farmer

Livestock matters a great deal in developing countries, playing an increasingly important role in food security and economic development. In fact, the livestock subsector is growing faster than all other agriculture sectors in developing countries worldwide. And importantly in the International Year of Family Farming, the bulk of that livestock production is occurring on small family farms. Livestock farming offers unique features to support local livelihoods and economies, especially for women. Continue reading

Life begins at 40: Of sweet spots–and the sweetest spot of all for the International Livestock Research Institute
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Life begins at 40: Of sweet spots–and the sweetest spot of all for the International Livestock Research Institute

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), which turned 40 years old in 2014, organized a series of events with old and new colleagues, partners and friends, and with them looked back on what we have accomplished in the past 40 years and fleshed out ideas for the next 40. Continue reading

One-for-all and all-for-one: Breaking down the walls between the livestock, health and environmental sectors
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One-for-all and all-for-one: Breaking down the walls between the livestock, health and environmental sectors

In case you missed it, here is the gist of a keynote presentation on ‘one-health’ made by Jimmy Smith, the director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), at the 5th biennial conference of the International Association for Ecology & Health, held in Montreal, Canada, 11−15 Aug 2014. Smith’s presentation was titled: ‘Healthy people, animals and ecosystems for global food and nutritional security’. Continue reading

The politics of food and the livelihoods from livestock
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The politics of food and the livelihoods from livestock

This January, Oxford University Press is publishing The Oxford Handbook of Food, Politics, and Society, a 904-page hardback volume addressing an issue that affects all of us: the intersection of food and politics. Among the 49 chapter authors of this new handbook are two members of staff at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) who left the institute recently: Purvi Mehta-Bhatt and Pier Paulo Ficarelli. Their chapter covers ‘livestock in the food debate’. Continue reading