Diagnostic tests for COVID-19: How useful are they?
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Diagnostic tests for COVID-19: How useful are they?

PCR tests can accurately detect viral RNA in an individual only during the acute phase of the infection. After this short window passes, other tests are needed to determine if an individual has ever been exposed to the virus in the past. There is a critical need for these other tests, which detect antibodies made to specific viruses and other pathogens. These ‘serological assays’ complement the PCR test and are an essential tool in better managing the ongoing pandemic. Continue reading

ILRI trains East Africa officials on measurement of greenhouse gas emissions from livestock systems
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ILRI trains East Africa officials on measurement of greenhouse gas emissions from livestock systems

On February 18 and 19 2020, ILRI hosted key government staff from the Climate Change and Livestock directorates within the ministries of environment and agriculture in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. The aim of the visit was to familiarize these key stakeholders with the technical aspects of ILRI’s research on climate change and livestock. 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

A few engineering breakthroughs that could (literally) transform Africa’s dairy systems and food security
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A few engineering breakthroughs that could (literally) transform Africa’s dairy systems and food security

This article has been written by Steve Kemp In the next 30 years, the world population is expected to reach 10 billion. A big question is if we can feed this many people sustainably. A short answer, if one involving much uncertainty, is, Yes, we can. It is commonly understood that agricultural scientists will continue … Continue reading

Sustainable livestock goes digital
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Sustainable livestock goes digital

On Thursday 17 January 2019, the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and ILRI hosted a workshop on the theme of ‘Sustainable livestock goes digital’ at the 11th Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) in Berlin. Continue reading

A new project promises to generate better dietary and health data for agriculture and nutrition interventions in Africa
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A new project promises to generate better dietary and health data for agriculture and nutrition interventions in Africa

The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) are implementing a project on ‘Improving Dietary and Health Data for Decision-making in Agriculture and Nutrition Actions in Africa’ with funding from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Continue reading

Escaping rural hunger and poverty in the developing world: A Global Farming Data Competition
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Escaping rural hunger and poverty in the developing world: A Global Farming Data Competition

ILRI and the Jean Golding Data Science Institute at the University of Bristol, UK, are challenging any data lovers to come up with novel, useful or exciting ways to use a big new dataset to improve understanding of farming practices and outcomes in low-income countries. Continue reading

‘Leveling’ livestock information: Knowledge management at an ICAR–ILRI communications workshop
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‘Leveling’ livestock information: Knowledge management at an ICAR–ILRI communications workshop

To share best practices and explore opportunities for collaboration, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) held a joint communications and knowledge management workshop on 4 Mar 2016 at the National Agricultural Science Centre Complex in New Delhi, India. Continue reading

Agricultural research, rural poverty and climate change—(Some of) the weakest links
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Agricultural research, rural poverty and climate change—(Some of) the weakest links

We’ve been a bit quiet recently on the ILRI blog front as we focused on covering the Science Forum 2016 organized by the Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) of CGIAR, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 12–14 Mar 2016. Below are links to a couple of the more challenging presentations. Continue reading