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

Livestock in context: A plea for intellectual rigor and collegial disagreement
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Livestock in context: A plea for intellectual rigor and collegial disagreement

Lawrence Haddad, the executive director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition and 2018 World Food Prize co-winner, gave two presentations at the International Tropical Agriculture Conference held 11-13 November in Brisbane, Australia. The first, titled Let them eat meat, was covered in an earlier blog post. His second presentation, titled Why animal source foods … Continue reading

ILRI at the Committee on World Food Security
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ILRI at the Committee on World Food Security

Today, the International Livestock Research Institute’s (ILRI) Iain Wright, deputy director general for research and development–Integrated Sciences, gave a short intervention at the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) held at the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) headquarters in Rome. Continue reading

Joint village land use planning secures over 95,000 hectares of grazing lands for livestock keepers in Tanzania’s Kiteto District
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Joint village land use planning secures over 95,000 hectares of grazing lands for livestock keepers in Tanzania’s Kiteto District

Originally posted on Sustainable livestock systems:
The Tanzania Agricultural and Livestock Policy of 1997 identifies overstocking and overgrazing, as well as a lack of innovative options for meeting the needs of mobile and sedentary pastoralists as some of the major challenges facing the nation’s pastoralists. To date, these challenges affect the quality of life of…

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