Laughter, the universal language
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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

‘Invisible livestock’ – On the central roles of working horses, donkeys and mules on the smallholder farms that feed the world
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‘Invisible livestock’ – On the central roles of working horses, donkeys and mules on the smallholder farms that feed the world

It is time that working horses, donkeys and mules received the recognition that they deserve. Without it, decision-makers cannot fully claim they are listening to the 500 million smallholder farmers that feed and secure livelihoods for some of the poorest communities around the world. Continue reading

Tribute to Azage Tegegne, leading Ethiopian livestock scientist
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Tribute to Azage Tegegne, leading Ethiopian livestock scientist

It is with as much shock as sorrow that we report the untimely death of Azage Tegegne, a leading Ethiopian livestock scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) who retired from ILRI just last June after more than 30 years of distinguished service to the institute. Azage died after a short illness in his home country, Ethiopia, on 12 January 2020. Continue reading

Two animated shorts on practical steps to improve animal welfare and reduce drug resistance in poor countries
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Two animated shorts on practical steps to improve animal welfare and reduce drug resistance in poor countries

Start this new year (and decade) right. Watch these two little animated films for practical advice on how to prevent both animal suffering and the spread of drug resistance in germs of people and livestock. Continue reading

Happy New Year! Here’s a baker’s dozen of ILRI’s top livestock communications in 2019
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Happy New Year! Here’s a baker’s dozen of ILRI’s top livestock communications in 2019

A baker’s dozen of our favourite communications in 2019 are listed and linked to below, in case you missed them. Continue reading

‘So what exactly are you researching anyway?’
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‘So what exactly are you researching anyway?’

A ‘pitching’ challenge at ILRI helps young scientists explain what they do—and why it matters—to inquisitive friends, donors and policymakers Sometimes all it might take to prevent the spread of a contagious disease is to nail up a fence door left casually hanging open on its hinges. That’s one of the key lessons from Titus … Continue reading

A tribute to Jean Ndikumana, a ‘gentle giant’ in African livestock research for development
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A tribute to Jean Ndikumana, a ‘gentle giant’ in African livestock research for development

The board, directors and staff of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) mourn the passing of a former colleague and lifelong friend—Jean Ndikumana, a plant and forage breeder by discipline who was born and raised in the Republic of Burundi and who became an exceptional leader in pan-African agricultural research for development. Dr Ndikumana died on 5 December 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya. Continue reading

In Mali, an old vaccine can be a new way to fight poverty
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In Mali, an old vaccine can be a new way to fight poverty

Scientists working at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) have found a way to significantly increase the vaccination coverage of goats and sheep in the Sahel against one of the most common and widely feared animal diseases—the peste des petits ruminants (PPR) or ovine rinderpest—a viral infection which is endemic to the region and kills … Continue reading

University of Illinois bestows its 2019 International Alumni Award on ILRI chief Jimmy Smith
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University of Illinois bestows its 2019 International Alumni Award on ILRI chief Jimmy Smith

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has bestowed its Madhuri and Jagdish N Sheth International Alumni Award for Exceptional Achievement on Jimmy W Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Established in 2000, this annual university award recognizes its international alumni who are highly distinguished in their profession, have made outstanding contributions to government, humanity, science, art, or human welfare, and exemplify the strength of their education at Illinois. Continue reading