Sustainable livestock systems – highlights from ILRI’s corporate report 2015–2016
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Sustainable livestock systems – highlights from ILRI’s corporate report 2015–2016

In 2015–2016, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and partners revealed extraordinary findings that the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from cattle in Kenya maybe up to 10 times lower than previous estimates, clearly making the case for improving Africa-specific understanding of GHG emissions to develop better-targeted climate change mitigation and adaption strategies. Continue reading

A first look at ILRI’s new research programs: Sustainable Livestock Systems
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A first look at ILRI’s new research programs: Sustainable Livestock Systems

BETTER SCIENCE, BETTER LIVES The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), headquartered in Africa and working in poor countries worldwide to provide better lives through livestock, held its Institute Planning Meeting from 4 to 7 Oct 2016. This is the sixth of a series of blog articles reporting on plans for ILRI research programs, including ILRI’s work in … Continue reading

UN endorses recommendations on sustainable agricultural development for food security and nutrition, including the role of livestock
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UN endorses recommendations on sustainable agricultural development for food security and nutrition, including the role of livestock

The Policy Round Table of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), meeting in Rome on 17 Oct 2016, discussed the report on Sustainable Agricultural Development for Food Security and Nutrition: What Roles for Livestock? The report had been launched on 1 July in Rome and is now available in all of the UN languages. The Plenary Session of the Committee endorsed a set of recommendations, drafted during preliminary negotiations led by Ambassador Yaya Olaniran (Nigeria). Continue reading

High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition launches sustainable livestock development report
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High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition launches sustainable livestock development report

In October 2014, the Committee on Food Security requested the High-Level Panel of Experts for Food Security and Nutrition to prepare a report on sustainable agricultural development for food security and nutrition, including the role of livestock. An important planning meeting was held at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Continue reading

Livestock can significantly reduce greenhouse gases AND deliver benefits to the poor–Nature Climate Change
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Livestock can significantly reduce greenhouse gases AND deliver benefits to the poor–Nature Climate Change

Mario Herrero, chief research scientist for Food Systems and the Environment at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), in Australia, and colleagues have published a paper in Nature Climate Change on Greenhouse gas mitigation potentials in the livestock sector. Continue reading

Is the ‘Third Epidemiological Transition’ upon us?
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Is the ‘Third Epidemiological Transition’ upon us?

Zoonoses—diseases transferred from animals to humans—have been with humanity throughout history. But today’s growing scale of livestock production in developing countries to feed their fast-growing and fast-urbanizing populations is sparking debate about whether the livestock sector is contributing to a fundamental a shift in global disease mortality, something known as an ‘epidemiological transition’. If so, it would be the third such transition in human history. Continue reading

Forage farming changes lives of Zimbabwe smallholder farmers
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Forage farming changes lives of Zimbabwe smallholder farmers

Many rural households in Zimbabwe rely on food aid to meet their nutritional needs. This problem, often aggravated by unemployment and falls in income, threatens the livelihoods of low income and food-insecure populations. Continue reading