A tool for all seasons: A ‘lean’ household survey system for ‘minimal effort, maximum information’ comes of age
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A tool for all seasons: A ‘lean’ household survey system for ‘minimal effort, maximum information’ comes of age

Out this week is the first public release of a huge dataset generated by recent surveys of more than 13,000 households in 21 countries using RHoMIS, a novel tool that makes household surveys efficient, robust and comparable. Continue reading

New Tick Cell Biobank Outpost at ILRI to support research in Africa on ticks and tick-borne diseases
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New Tick Cell Biobank Outpost at ILRI to support research in Africa on ticks and tick-borne diseases

ILRI’s Tick Unit has been selected as Africa’s first outpost for the Tick Cell Biobank. The parent Tick Cell Biobank at the Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool, houses a collection of approximately 55 cell lines derived from argasid and ixodid ticks, which are of both veterinary and medical importance. Funded by the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Global Challenges Research Fund, the Biobank Outpost project will facilitate access of the tick cell lines by researchers in low- and middle- income countries in Africa, South East Asia and South America. The countries selected for the Outposts include Kenya, Malaysia and Brazil. Continue reading

‘Invisible livestock’ – On the central roles of working horses, donkeys and mules on the smallholder farms that feed the world
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‘Invisible livestock’ – On the central roles of working horses, donkeys and mules on the smallholder farms that feed the world

It is time that working horses, donkeys and mules received the recognition that they deserve. Without it, decision-makers cannot fully claim they are listening to the 500 million smallholder farmers that feed and secure livelihoods for some of the poorest communities around the world. Continue reading

ILRI technology upscaling program recognized for supporting the Ethiopian poultry sector
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ILRI technology upscaling program recognized for supporting the Ethiopian poultry sector

The Ethiopian Poultry Producers and Processors Association recognized the ILRI led-Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) project for its role in strengthening the Ethiopian poultry sector. Continue reading

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

ILRI scientists are applying advanced ‘nanovaccinology’ in development of new vaccines against devastating tropical livestock diseases
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ILRI scientists are applying advanced ‘nanovaccinology’ in development of new vaccines against devastating tropical livestock diseases

  Smaller than 100 nanometres in diameter—about 60 times smaller than the width of human hair and comparable in size to microscopic structures within cells—synthetically produced nanoparticles are readily incorporated into biological systems. These ‘ultrafine particles’, which can be produced using several methods, are of increasing scientific interest. Very stable and harmless to plants and … 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

New York Global Landscapes Forum ‘Restore the Earth’ 2019
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New York Global Landscapes Forum ‘Restore the Earth’ 2019

In September, the Rangelands Initiative hosted a panel, Drylands and Rangelands: Harnessing Change, at the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) New York, which was organized as a starting point for planning the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, which will be launched in 2021. Continue reading

Workshop inaugurates surveillance project on human and animal diseases in Kenya
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Workshop inaugurates surveillance project on human and animal diseases in Kenya

Recently, a consortium of Kenyan and international institutions launched a three-year surveillance project on three of those five priority zoonotic diseases with an inaugural workshop held on 3 September 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya. Continue reading