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
Agri-Health / Disease Control / East Africa / Goats / ILRI / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Pastoralism / PIL / PPR / Pro-Poor Livestock / Project / Small Ruminants / West Africa

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
Africa / Agriculture / Animal Breeding / Animal Diseases / Breeds / Indigenous Breeds / Launch / Livestock / Livestock Productivity / LIVESTOCKCRP / LivestockGenetics / Pastoralism / Science paper

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

ILRI launches new drought index insurance for resilience in the Sahel and Horn of Africa project
Agriculture / Climate Change / Drought / Drylands / Environment / Ethiopia / Food Security / IBLI / Insurance / Kenya / Knowledge and Information / Launch / Livestock / Livestock Systems / LIVESTOCKCRP / Pastoralism / Project / Rangelands / Resilience / SLS / Somalia / Sudan / Uganda

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

Laughter, the universal language
Agri-Health / Disease Control / Gender / Goats / ILRI / Opinion Piece / Pastoralism / PIL / PPR / Pro-Poor Livestock / Project / Senegal / Sheep / Small Ruminants / Spotlight / West Africa / Women

Laughter, the universal language

I’m a gender researcher working on a project to control peste des petits ruminants (PPR). I have wondered what our international agricultural research would be like if we researchers and the farmers/herders we work with and for could all understand each other perfectly. 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

Focus on environmental health: The role of rangelands in an integrated One Health approach
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Focus on environmental health: The role of rangelands in an integrated One Health approach

In recent years in the pastoral areas of developing countries, One Health is gaining increasing credibility and visibility as an approach that can combine interventions for both human and animals. However, relatively little attention has been given thus far to the environmental health component including of the resource base – rangelands. Continue reading

Livestock route mapping for improved health of humans, animals and the environment
Africa / AHH / Animal Diseases / Animal Health / Article / Drylands / East Africa / English / Environment / Ethiopia / Human Health / Kenya / Livelihoods / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Participation / Pastoralism / Rangelands / Resilience / Somalia / Vulnerability / Zoonotic Diseases

Livestock route mapping for improved health of humans, animals and the environment

ILRI and partners carried out a participatory mapping of livestock routes in the intervention areas in Somali and Oromia regions of Ethiopia as a first step in the planning of the HEARD and HEAL projects. Continue reading