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Can a vaccine save the world’s pigs from African swine fever?
Agriculture / Animal Diseases / ASF / China / News clipping / Vaccines

Can a vaccine save the world’s pigs from African swine fever?

A recent article by Katarina Zimmer in The Scientist examines how close we are to developing a vaccine to prevent African swine fever (ASF). It contains an extended discussion of the work of Lucilla Steinaa, an immunologist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Steinaa has been focusing on the specific types of the swine … Continue reading

How a deadly outbreak unveiled the key to safer food
Agriculture / Animal Products / Food Safety / Food Security / News clipping

How a deadly outbreak unveiled the key to safer food

A recent article by Nancy Averett in Scientific African Magazine discusses how incidents of food poisoning in African cities may  public awareness of food safety and kindle a citizens’ movement for safer foods. It focuses in part on the work of ILRI’s Delia Grace:  Food safety researchers like Delia Grace of the International Livestock Research Institute, … Continue reading

African swine fever ten years on: the lessons learned and the way forward
AHH / Animal Health / ASF / Asia / Diagnostics / Disease Control / Epidemiology / Farming Systems / Food Safety / Food Security / Interview / LIVESTOCKCRP / Pigs / Policy / South Asia / Southeast Asia / Vaccines

African swine fever ten years on: the lessons learned and the way forward

An interview with Dirk Pfeiffer, François Roger, Linda Dixon and Dieter Schillinger to better understand existing knowledge gaps between research findings managing the spread of African swine fever and actionable solutions. Continue reading

Tribute to Azage Tegegne, leading Ethiopian livestock scientist
Capacity Strengthening / East Africa / Ethiopia / Genetics / ILRI / IPMS / LIVES / Pro-Poor Livestock / Spotlight / Staff

Tribute to Azage Tegegne, leading Ethiopian livestock scientist

It is with as much shock as sorrow that we report the untimely death of Azage Tegegne, a leading Ethiopian livestock scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) who retired from ILRI just last June after more than 30 years of distinguished service to the institute. Azage died after a short illness in his home country, Ethiopia, on 12 January 2020. Continue reading

Livestock story-telling at ILRI—Part 2: Ekta Patel, Maasai ‘Fly Girl’
Communications / Event Report / ILRI / ILRIComms / Presentation / Spotlight / Staff / Vaccines

Livestock story-telling at ILRI—Part 2: Ekta Patel, Maasai ‘Fly Girl’

My name is Ekta Patel. I’m communications manager for ILRI’s Bioscience Directorate. I’m an unusual species. I come from an Indian background, but while most Indians in East Africa go into business, I had a passion for molecular biology and became a scientist. Continue reading

Livestock story-telling at ILRI—Part 1: Introduction, ‘Descending into the particular’
Communications / Event Report / ILRI / ILRIComms / Presentation / Spotlight / Staff

Livestock story-telling at ILRI—Part 1: Introduction, ‘Descending into the particular’

The 2019 institutional program meeting of ILRI tried out something new. Nine staff members were asked to present to the 200 hundred or so ILRI staff attending the meeting a short, personal story about how they were helping ILRI to achieve one of its five ‘critical success factors’. Continue reading

As United States marks January as ‘National One Health Awareness Month’, public, veterinary and environmental health in Africa is bolstered by the start of a new ‘One Health’ centre
Animal Health / Environment / Health / Livelihoods / Livestock / USA / Zoonotic Diseases

As United States marks January as ‘National One Health Awareness Month’, public, veterinary and environmental health in Africa is bolstered by the start of a new ‘One Health’ centre

U.S resolution recognises that One Health is ‘essential to combating and strengthening the surveillance of emerging and reemerging disease’ and calls for integrating efforts by professionals from several disciplines—including health, science, technology and engineering—to address increasing threats posed by emerging diseases at the human-animal-environmental interface. Continue reading