International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists: A Mongolian proposal to the UN for 2026
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International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists: A Mongolian proposal to the UN for 2026

On 2 Oct 2020, the Committee on Agriculture (COAG) of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), after more than 50 governments and 150 organizations from every continent expressed their support, endorsed the Mongolian Government’s proposal to declare an International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists (IYRP) 2026. Continue reading

Training researchers virtually when supplies can cross borders but people cannot
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Training researchers virtually when supplies can cross borders but people cannot

The Epidemiology and Control of peste des petits ruminants (ECo-PPR) project team designed 5-10-minute videos for 10 tools with built in activities and resources to support the training of veterinarians, socio-economists and lab technicians in West Africa and East Africa. Continue reading

A 1,000-year-old ‘Evolutionary Jolt’ helped African cattle adapt to the continent’s multiple challenges
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A 1,000-year-old ‘Evolutionary Jolt’ helped African cattle adapt to the continent’s multiple challenges

A new study in Nature Genetics retraced 1,000 years of African pastoralist cattle breeding, identifying how cattle acquired the traits that enabled them to spread throughout the continent NAIROBI, Kenya (30 Sep 2020)— Scientists sifting through the DNA of indigenous African cattle breeds announced today the discovery of a thousand-year-old ‘admixture event’ between the world’s … Continue reading

COVID-19 and the livestock sector: A wake-up call to optimize sustainable livestock production
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COVID-19 and the livestock sector: A wake-up call to optimize sustainable livestock production

How do we optimize livestock production systems to meet a growing global demand for food and nutritional security in economic, social and environmentally sustainable ways? Continue reading

No laughing matter: Livestock enclosures in Africa are an underestimated source of the greenhouse gas N2O
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No laughing matter: Livestock enclosures in Africa are an underestimated source of the greenhouse gas N2O

Emissions from abandoned livestock enclosures haven’t previously been taken into account in estimates for sources of atmospheric nitrous oxide, nor have emissions from abandoned animal pens in other semi-arid areas in the world. Accurate estimates of the sources of GHG are essential in the global effort to combat climate change. Continue reading

USAID-funded Regional Feed the Future Animal Health Innovation Lab to be based in Nairobi, Kenya
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USAID-funded Regional Feed the Future Animal Health Innovation Lab to be based in Nairobi, Kenya

The Feed the Future Animal Health Innovation Lab will identify interventions to reduce livestock diseases, particularly the deadly cattle disease known as East Coast fever (ECF) and further develop local capacity in animal health through research training and institutional development. Continue reading

ILRI launches new drought index insurance for resilience in the Sahel and Horn of Africa project
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ILRI launches new drought index insurance for resilience in the Sahel and Horn of Africa project

In July, ILRI launched a new Drought Index-insurance for Resilience in the Sahel and Horn of Africa (DIRISHA) project, focusing on pastoral systems in the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) region. Continue reading

New project to improve agricultural productivity in Zimbabwe
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New project to improve agricultural productivity in Zimbabwe

A new European Union-funded ‘Livestock Production Systems in Zimbabwe’ (LIPS-Zim) project is working to increase agricultural productivity in the country’s agro-ecological Zones IV and V. It is promoting the adoption of climate-relevant innovations in livestock production systems and improving surveillance and control of livestock diseases. Launched on 1 January 2020, the LIPS-Zim project is implemented … Continue reading

A new ‘How-to-Do Note’ provides guidance on designing and implementing ‘gender and pastoralism’ projects
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A new ‘How-to-Do Note’ provides guidance on designing and implementing ‘gender and pastoralism’ projects

A new ‘How To Do Note on Gender and Pastoralism’ has been developed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in collaboration with two CGIAR research programs – Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) and Livestock . The note provides guidance on key issues to consider and tools and processes to use in project design and implementation. Continue reading