Improving control of a chicken disease supports the livelihoods of Kenya’s women
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Improving control of a chicken disease supports the livelihoods of Kenya’s women

Poultry farming in Kenya is growing rapidly and remains largely dominated by women, who typically invest most of their earnings in feeding their families and educating their children. That is why controlling major poultry diseases is so important. Continue reading

Following the vaccine that wiped out rinderpest, a new vaccine against sheep and goat plague proves promising
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Following the vaccine that wiped out rinderpest, a new vaccine against sheep and goat plague proves promising

A new paper by researchers at ILRI describes development of an effective experimental and thermostable vaccine against ‘peste des petits ruminants’, or PPR for short, a disease more commonly known as sheep and goat plague. Continue reading

Brachiaria grass can help Kenya’s dryland food producers improve their soils and yields under a changing climate
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Brachiaria grass can help Kenya’s dryland food producers improve their soils and yields under a changing climate

Results of a recent study by the Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute Hub (BecA-ILRI Hub) and the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), both based in Nairobi, indicate that the many people farming in Kenya’s semi-arid regions would profit in many ways from planting drought-tolerant Brachiaria grass. Continue reading

The legacy of Norman Borlaug: Alive and well at the International Livestock Research Institute
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The legacy of Norman Borlaug: Alive and well at the International Livestock Research Institute

ILRI was honoured by a visit this week to ILRI by Julie Borlaug (left) and Jeannie Borlaug Laube, granddaugher and daughter of Norman Borlaug, respectively. Continue reading

Celebrating 15 years of African agricultural biosciences excellence
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Celebrating 15 years of African agricultural biosciences excellence

The #CelebrateBecA event brought together global, regional and local actors in agricultural biosciences research for development to mark the Hub’s achievements and deliberate on further ways to scale its programs and impacts to advance African agriculture and food and nutritional security. Click through the story pages above to get an overview of the celebrations and plenary presentations, or view the same storify on ILRI’s Storify site. Continue reading

The BecA-ILRI Hub celebrates 15 years of biosciences in and for Africa
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The BecA-ILRI Hub celebrates 15 years of biosciences in and for Africa

Coming up next week is an event marking the 15th anniversary of the Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research (BecA-ILRI) Hub, located in Nairobi, Kenya, and working with partners across the continent as well as with bioscience institutions worldwide. Continue reading