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

The future of livestock in the developing world: myths, complexities and trade-offs
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The future of livestock in the developing world: myths, complexities and trade-offs

The future of livestock in the developing world was one of the principal themes at the third International Tropical Agriculture (TropAg) Conference held from 11-13 November 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. The conference focused on the challenge of feeding the world’s ever-growing population, which is expected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050. The greatest challenges will … Continue reading

New York Global Landscapes Forum ‘Restore the Earth’ 2019
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New York Global Landscapes Forum ‘Restore the Earth’ 2019

In September, the Rangelands Initiative hosted a panel, Drylands and Rangelands: Harnessing Change, at the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) New York, which was organized as a starting point for planning the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, which will be launched in 2021. Continue reading

Enhancing food security through sustainable livestock systems
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Enhancing food security through sustainable livestock systems

Iain Wright, deputy director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), gave the keynote presentation at a side event on enhancing food security through innovation in sustainable livestock systems at the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) conference held in Rome last week. Continue reading

Scaling better and faster: towards a new framework for international livestock research
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Scaling better and faster: towards a new framework for international livestock research

More than ever, ILRI researchers are thinking and acting on scaling. ILRI’s Impact at Scale program is working on a framework to enable ILRI and partners to scale better, quicker and in a more consistent manner across ILRI’s entire program portfolio. Continue reading

Index-based livestock insurance: Reflecting on success
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Index-based livestock insurance: Reflecting on success

One of the International Livestock Research Institute’s (ILRI’s) major success stories in recent years has been the development of an index-based livestock insurance program (IBLI), which protects livestock keepers in drought-prone arid and semi-arid lands from climate-related losses. Continue reading

ILRI develops a feed constraint decision-making tool, G-FEAST
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ILRI develops a feed constraint decision-making tool, G-FEAST

Seven years ago, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) developed a decision-making tool known as the Feed Assessment Tool (FEAST) which was funded through the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) under the Fodder Adoption Project. 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

Harnessing livestock innovations for greater economic good
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Harnessing livestock innovations for greater economic good

The rising global demand for livestock-derived foods offers a wealth of new opportunities for transforming the livestock sector into one that is fair as well as sustainable, safe as well as profitable, humane as well as efficient. Continue reading

US ambassador to Mali visits communities in Sikasso region supported by an ILRI-led livestock technology scaling project
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US ambassador to Mali visits communities in Sikasso region supported by an ILRI-led livestock technology scaling project

On 25 July 2019, the US ambassador to Mali, Dennis Hankins, visited Ifola village in Sikasso, Mali, to meet communities supported by the ILRI-led Feed the Future Mali Livestock Technology Scaling Program. Continue reading