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

Ugandan Emma Naluyima describes her thriving pig+crop farm at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture
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Ugandan Emma Naluyima describes her thriving pig+crop farm at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture

Emma Naluyima is a smallholder farmer and private veterinarian in Uganda who has integrated crop growing and livestock raising to build a thriving, profitable and environmentally friendly farm enterprise for her and her family. 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

Livestock for food security and nutrition—Committee on World Food Security policy recommendations
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Livestock for food security and nutrition—Committee on World Food Security policy recommendations

The following policy recommendations build on the main findings of the CFS High Level Panel of Expert’s Jul 2016 report #10, on Sustainable agricultural development for food security and nutrition: What roles for livestock? The sustainable development of agriculture, including livestock, is essential for poverty reduction and the achievement of food security and nutrition. Continue reading

2016 Science Forum: Rethinking agricultural pathways to inclusive development
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2016 Science Forum: Rethinking agricultural pathways to inclusive development

In the lead up to the 2016 Science Forum, steering committee members and invited speakers answered a few questions related to the Forum’s focus on agricultural research pathways to inclusive rural development. Below are excerpts of their responses. You’ll find all the responses on the SF2016 blog site. Continue reading

Florida and ILRI start consultations on new ‘Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems’
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Florida and ILRI start consultations on new ‘Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems’

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems, led by the University of Florida, is currently organizing a number of stakeholder consultation meetings to identify high-priority needs in the six countries it will cover (Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Mali, Nepal, Rwanda). ILRI is a close partner in this new initiative and it helped organize the Ethiopia consultation meeting in Feb 2016. Continue reading

Mixing it up—The information ‘black hole’ on crop+animal recipes for climate-smart and climate-resilient farms
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Mixing it up—The information ‘black hole’ on crop+animal recipes for climate-smart and climate-resilient farms

We are unaware of any comprehensive studies undertaken in sub-Saharan Africa to explore how mixed farms will be affected by climate change and the cost and benefits of different adaptation options. Underestimating the importance of livestock in the mixed’ smallholder farming systems that are ubiquitous across the developing world weakens both emissions reduction and climate change adaptation efforts. Continue reading