On 25 July 2019, the US ambassador to Mali, Dennis Hankins, visited Ifola village in Sikasso, Mali, to meet communities supported by the ILRI-led Feed the Future Mali Livestock Technology Scaling Program.
In early June this year, policymakers, researchers, government and private sector representatives from Kenya, Germany and Uganda met in Kampala to launch the BuildUganda project. Funded by the German government, BuildUganda is a research for development collaboration to prevent and tackle animal diseases and zoonoses in Uganda. Its focus on ‘healthy animals for healthy food and healthy people’ reflects the importance of livestock in the lives and livelihoods of Uganda’s population.
Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), speaks at the Africa Food Security Leadership Dialogue today, which is being held in Kigali, Rwanda. Smith discussed some of the major research and development impacts that ILRI is making to mitigate the emissions from livestock, including a new methodology to determine, for the first time, the quantities of greenhouse gases emitted by African smallholder livestock systems.
In early June this year, the BuildUganda research for development project was launched at a workshop with stakeholders. One of the four components of the project is focused on controlling Rift Valley fever (RVF) in Uganda. This component specifically aims to minimize the impacts of RVF by improving capacities for surveillance and response at national and community levels, leading to better risk prediction, evidence-based disease control policies, and improved awareness about the disease.
In early June this year, the BuildUganda research for development project was launched at a workshop with stakeholders. The component on controlling and eradicating Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) in Uganday aims to support Uganda’s national PPR control and eradication strategy by developing a socio-economic framework to assess the impact of PPR interventions, updating the epidemiological status of PPR to allow assessment of control options, and assess capacity development gaps in the implementation of the strategy.
In early June this year, the BuildUganda research for development project was launched at a workshop with stakeholders. The component on antimicrobial use (AMU) in Uganda’s poultry sector aims to understand current antimicrobial use in poultry value chains, assess risks to humans from poultry-associated antimicrobial resistance (AMR), support evidence-based policy dialogue for antimicrobial surveillance and AMR strategies and build capacities of value chain actors, implementers and researchers.
The United States and Mali have announced a five-year partnership that will promote food security and livelihood resilience in the West African country. Mali is one of 12 partner countries selected for this new phase of Feed the Future initiatives in Africa.