‘So what exactly are you researching anyway?’
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‘So what exactly are you researching anyway?’

A ‘pitching’ challenge at ILRI helps young scientists explain what they do—and why it matters—to inquisitive friends, donors and policymakers Sometimes all it might take to prevent the spread of a contagious disease is to nail up a fence door left casually hanging open on its hinges. That’s one of the key lessons from Titus … Continue reading

A tribute to Jean Ndikumana, a ‘gentle giant’ in African livestock research for development
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A tribute to Jean Ndikumana, a ‘gentle giant’ in African livestock research for development

The board, directors and staff of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) mourn the passing of a former colleague and lifelong friend—Jean Ndikumana, a plant and forage breeder by discipline who was born and raised in the Republic of Burundi and who became an exceptional leader in pan-African agricultural research for development. Dr Ndikumana died on 5 December 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya. Continue reading

Building capacity of African researchers in genomics to play key role in boosting  productivity of livestock systems
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Building capacity of African researchers in genomics to play key role in boosting productivity of livestock systems

A week long training of 26 researchers from 14 different African countries in the field of genomics to ensure that information is widely shared. Continue reading

ILRI and China’s Nanjing Agricultural University commit to deepen collaboration for livestock research and capacity development
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ILRI and China’s Nanjing Agricultural University commit to deepen collaboration for livestock research and capacity development

Over the past two months ILRI and Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU) have had a number of engagements that culminated in the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two institutions on 30 October 2019. Continue reading

Better breeds for more milk: ​African dairy genetics gains bulls and cows exhibition
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Better breeds for more milk: ​African dairy genetics gains bulls and cows exhibition

    Today, thirty-five farmers and over fifty representatives from the Tanzanian government including Hon. Luhaga Mpina, Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, Tanzania, and Dr. Eligy Mussa Shirima, Director General of the Tanzania Livestock Research Institute (TALIRI), Tanzanian government and dairy industry leaders, representatives from neighboring African nations and international organizations, gather at the Nane … Continue reading

A new project is launched to support climate-smart livestock strategies and investments in East Africa
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A new project is launched to support climate-smart livestock strategies and investments in East Africa

A new Program for Climate-Smart Livestock Systems has been launched to support governments, the private sector and local stakeholders in realizing their development objectives while achieving their climate change adaptation and mitigation goals. Continue reading

Celebrating achievements of women in livestock development at the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD@10) event
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Celebrating achievements of women in livestock development at the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD@10) event

Originally posted on ILRI policies, instititions and livelihoods program:
ILRI staff attended the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) @ 10 event in Nairobi on 29 November 2018 (photo credit: ILRI/Judy Kimani).? The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) supports women in livestock development by ensuring that they benefit and are empowered through livestock.…

The elusive quest for the perfect chicken
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The elusive quest for the perfect chicken

A team of researchers investigating chicken diseases in Ethiopia has discovered that there is far greater genetic diversity in that seemingly nondescript bird than meets the eye, a discovery that could help boost the productivity of small-scale chicken farms throughout Africa. The study was published in this month’s issue of Nature Sustainability by scientists from … Continue reading

Enhancing global livestock advocacy for sustainable development
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Enhancing global livestock advocacy for sustainable development

Global Livestock Advocacy for Development (GLAD) has been a two-year project whose main objective has been to raise investor interest in livestock-related research-for-development issues. It has done this largely by distilling and presenting evidence and creative content about smallholder livestock systems and their critical roles in sustainable food systems and development. Continue reading