Press release: Urgent action needed to close the ‘livestock data gap’ to address poverty and food insecurity
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Press release: Urgent action needed to close the ‘livestock data gap’ to address poverty and food insecurity

Originally posted on ILRI Asia:
Missing or poor livestock data limits development opportunities, according to a community of experts who are joining forces to confront the challenge. 28 November 2018 – HANOI: Better data is urgently needed for improving livestock health and productivity in Vietnam and the rest of the world, according to experts who…

This week: A global event on Accelerating the End of Hunger and Malnutrition
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This week: A global event on Accelerating the End of Hunger and Malnutrition

A senior delegation from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is supporting and engaging in this week’s (2830 Nov 2018) global conference on ‘Accelerating the End of Hunger and Malnutrition’, in Bangkok. Continue reading

Call to improve food safety in low- and middle-income countries—From hazards to risks and from farm to fork
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Call to improve food safety in low- and middle-income countries—From hazards to risks and from farm to fork

A new report strengthens the economic case for increased public investment and other policy attention on food safety in developing countries. It synthesizes evidence of the economic costs of unsafe food in relation to both domestic markets and trade, positions food safety as an integral part of economic development and food system modernization, and provides guidance on improving food safety awareness and behaviour from farm to fork. Continue reading

New World Bank report says food-borne illnesses cost USD110 billion per year in low- and middle-income countries
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New World Bank report says food-borne illnesses cost USD110 billion per year in low- and middle-income countries

Originally posted on AgHealth:
Rinsing fresh fish in Accra, Ghana (photo credit: ILRI/Kennedy Bomfeh). A new World Bank study finds that the impact of unsafe food costs low- and middle-income economies about US$ 110 billion in lost productivity and medical expenses each year. Yet a large proportion of these costs could be avoided by adopting…

World Food Day in Ethiopia: Achieving food and nutritional security—and better lives—through livestock
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World Food Day in Ethiopia: Achieving food and nutritional security—and better lives—through livestock

Siboniso Moyo, the representative in Ethiopia of Jimmy Smith, the director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), made the following remarks at an event in Mojo, Ethiopia, to celebrate World Food Day today. Continue reading

Greenhouse gas emissions from dung patches in developing countries are ‘likely highly overestimated’—New report
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Greenhouse gas emissions from dung patches in developing countries are ‘likely highly overestimated’—New report

A new research paper published by scientists of the Mazingira Centre (‘mazingira’ means ‘environment’ in Swahili) of the Nairobi-based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) reports evidence that greenhouse gas emissions from dung patches in developing countries are ‘likely highly overestimated’ in global livestock emissions estimates. Continue reading

ILRI’s Jimmy Smith on farm animal diversity for more sustainable and resilient global food systems
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ILRI’s Jimmy Smith on farm animal diversity for more sustainable and resilient global food systems

Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), this week made a short presentation at the annual meeting of the Food Forever Initiative held in Wilmington, Delaware, 23–24 Sep 2018. Food Forever is a global partnership to raise awareness on the importance and urgency of conserving and using agricultural biodiversity. Smith is one of 30 Food Forever champions advocating this important cause. Smith spoke on the central importance of better conserving, characterizing and using the world’s remaining livestock diversity to ensure future food security in the face of climate and other changes. Continue reading