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New Ethiopian ‘livestock master plan’ aims to take 2.36 million households out of poverty
ASSP / Ethiopia / ILRI / Livestock / Policy / Research

New Ethiopian ‘livestock master plan’ aims to take 2.36 million households out of poverty

Gone are the days when the development debate focused exclusively on humanitarian assistance. Some rapidly growing developing economies are trying to ensure the poorest households benefit from growth. And in Ethiopia, where approximately 70% of the rural households possess cattle, sheep and goats, livestock is officially at the centre of that debate. Over the last … Continue reading

Tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century–The Lancet
Animal Diseases / Article / Climate Change / CRP4 / Disease Control / Emerging Diseases / FSZ / Health (human) / ILRI / Spotlight / Zoonotic Diseases

Tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century–The Lancet

The 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change was been formed to map out the impacts of climate change and the necessary policy responses. The central finding from the Commission’s work is that tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century. One of the authors of the paper is ILRI veterinary epidemiologist and food safety expert Delia Grace, of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Continue reading

The rise of antimicrobial resistance (lethal) and animal agriculture (critical): Their links in developing countries
Agri-Health / Article / CRP4 / Emerging Diseases / Food Security / FSZ / Health (human) / ILRI / Policy / Spotlight

The rise of antimicrobial resistance (lethal) and animal agriculture (critical): Their links in developing countries

This Jun 2015, Evidence on Demand, an international development information hub supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), published a 44-page paper identifying key evidence gaps in our knowledge of livestock- and fisheries-linked antimicrobial resistance in the developing world and documenting on-going and planned research on this topic by key stakeholders.The paper, written by veterinary epidemiologist and food safety expert Delia Grace, of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), is titled: Review of evidence on antimicrobial resistance and animal agriculture in developing countries. Continue reading

Scientists from France and Kenya meet in Nairobi to sketch out plans for joint livestock research projects in Africa
Agriculture / Animal Diseases / Disease Control / Epidemiology / Livestock / Presentation / Research / Southern Africa

Scientists from France and Kenya meet in Nairobi to sketch out plans for joint livestock research projects in Africa

On 9-10 June 2015, a delegation from CIRAD, the French agricultural research and international cooperation organization, visited ILRI in Nairobi to develop concrete ideas for collaboration between the two organizations. Continue reading

Small producers are big opportunities for a healthy, safe and sustainable global livestock sector
Directorate / Food Security / ILRI / Intensification / Livelihoods / Presentation / Pro-Poor Livestock / Spotlight

Small producers are big opportunities for a healthy, safe and sustainable global livestock sector

Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), gave a keynote presentation at the International Federation for Animal Health–Europe conference Healthy Animals, Healthy Food, a Healthy Future, held in Brussels on 11 Jun 2015. Continue reading

Climate change impacts on livestock: ‘This information does not exist’
Africa / Books and Chapters / Climate Change / CRP7 / Food Security / ILRI / LSE / Policy / Pro-Poor Livestock / Spotlight

Climate change impacts on livestock: ‘This information does not exist’

A new working paper from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has been published on the impacts of climate change on livestock across Africa. Lead author of the new paper, Philip Thornton, is a scientist with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Continue reading

CGIAR Innovation Platform Case Study Competition: And the winner is . . .
Agriculture / ASSP / Capacity Strengthening / CapDev / Communications / CRP12 / Event Report / Humid Tropics / ILRI / India / Innovation Systems / PTVC / Rwanda / Spotlight / Uganda

CGIAR Innovation Platform Case Study Competition: And the winner is . . .

In Nov 2014, to better assess the efficiency of these innovation platforms and to document their successes and challenges in different developing countries, Humidtropics launched an Innovation Platforms Case Study Competition. In Feb 2015, twelve candidates were selected to participate in a writeshop focused on writing­ strong, reflective and cohesive case studies. Earlier this month (Jun 2015), jury members in an editors’ meeting reviewed all the final submissions and chose eight cases to be featured in a Humidtropics Anthology to be published by an academic publisher before the end of 2015; the jury also recommended that two cases be published separately. Continue reading