East African dairy under COVID-19: How is this vibrant sub-sector faring? Join us for a webinar 28 May
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East African dairy under COVID-19: How is this vibrant sub-sector faring? Join us for a webinar 28 May

East African dairy under COVID-19: A vibrant sub-sector is key to a food-secure future. Join us for a webinar with experts from Land O’Lakes Venture37 | International Livestock Research Institute | Global Dairy Platform | Bain & Company. Hosted by the SEEP Network on 28 May 2020 Continue reading

ILRI ‘eWeigh’ mobile phone app to help farmers accurately estimate live weight of their cattle
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ILRI ‘eWeigh’ mobile phone app to help farmers accurately estimate live weight of their cattle

Researchers from the Mazingira Centre at ILRI have developed a mobile phone application (app) to help farmers better gauge the live weight of their animals. 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

A ‘Livestock Master Plan’ is MISSION CRITICAL for India’s state of Bihar
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A ‘Livestock Master Plan’ is MISSION CRITICAL for India’s state of Bihar

The ‘Bihar Livestock Master Plan’, launched earlier this year, describes public and private investments that can significantly grow and sustain and modernize the livestock sector in this state. Continue reading

The many gifts of livestock—A view from Kenya
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The many gifts of livestock—A view from Kenya

The following remarks, published last week by Devex during the fourth meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly, were made by Andrew Tuimur, chief administrative secretary at the Kenya Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation and a member of the ILRI Board of Trustees. Continue reading

Barriers and opportunities for women milk traders in peri-urban Nairobi
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Barriers and opportunities for women milk traders in peri-urban Nairobi

In much of Africa, milk is not only an important dietary component, but a vital livelihood activity. Dairying provides income to many people, up and down the dairy value chain. In Nairobi’s peri-urban resource-poor areas, informal milk trade dominates the market: most residents rely on it to source milk for consumption, and dairy traders rely … Continue reading

German agroecological livestock research investments are benefiting both people and the planet
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German agroecological livestock research investments are benefiting both people and the planet

ILRI was honoured this week (3 Sep 2018) to host a high-level German delegation including Maria Flachsbarth, parliamentary state secretary to Germany’s federal minister for economic cooperation and development, and Stefan Schmitz, deputy director of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), as well as senior staff of the Kenya Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation, including Andrew Tuimur, chief administrative secretary, and Ann Onyango, agriculture secretary; and representatives from several other CGIAR centres working in Kenya, including Tony Simons, director general of ICRAF, and representatives from the Nairobi-based International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe). Continue reading

The Tanzanian livestock master plan: A conversation with Barry Shapiro
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The Tanzanian livestock master plan: A conversation with Barry Shapiro

Using what’s called the Livestock Sector Investment Policy Toolkit (LSIPT), we develop a dynamic herd model and an economic sector model on top of that. And we use that to do an analysis of the current situation of the livestock sector and its potential for further development, modernization, transformation, and so on, over 15 years. Continue reading

In Tanzania, a better cow is the way to a better future
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In Tanzania, a better cow is the way to a better future

Farmers who participate in the breeding programs and collect routine data on their cows’ health, growth and productivity receive personalized coaching and advice from livestock outreach specialists via routine visits and SMS messages on their phones. Continue reading