The elusive quest for the perfect chicken
Africa / Animal Breeding / Animal Diseases / Animal Health / Article / Capacity Strengthening / Chickens / Climate Change / Consumption / Disease Control / Environment / Ethiopia / Farming Systems / Indigenous Breeds / Knowledge and Information / Pro-Poor Livestock

The elusive quest for the perfect chicken

A team of researchers investigating chicken diseases in Ethiopia has discovered that there is far greater genetic diversity in that seemingly nondescript bird than meets the eye, a discovery that could help boost the productivity of small-scale chicken farms throughout Africa. The study was published in this month’s issue of Nature Sustainability by scientists from … Continue reading

Aspen New Voices Fellows Andrew Mude and Jemimah Njuki tell of the moments their ag careers ‘took off’
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Aspen New Voices Fellows Andrew Mude and Jemimah Njuki tell of the moments their ag careers ‘took off’

For your viewing and listening pleasure, here are two short video ‘stories’ by two great agricultural-research-for-development storytellers. Continue reading

Partnerships to increase pig production in Uganda
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Partnerships to increase pig production in Uganda

Driven by rising incomes, demand for animal-source foods in Africa and Asia is expected to increase up to 200% by 2030. Efficient crop and livestock production and natural resource use will drive employment, environmental, nutrition and income gains in a subsector likely to be dominated by smallholders. Continue reading

DNA sequencing of indigenous African cattle reveals vital clues to increasing productivity
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DNA sequencing of indigenous African cattle reveals vital clues to increasing productivity

Important sources of meat, milk, traction and manure across Africa, cattle will become even more significant as demand for meat and milk is expected to more than double in sub-Saharan Africa from 2000 to 2030. Continue reading

Improving control of a chicken disease supports the livelihoods of Kenya’s women
Africa / Article / BecA / Chickens / Corporate Report / ILRI / Kenya / Spotlight / Vaccines

Improving control of a chicken disease supports the livelihoods of Kenya’s women

Poultry farming in Kenya is growing rapidly and remains largely dominated by women, who typically invest most of their earnings in feeding their families and educating their children. That is why controlling major poultry diseases is so important. Continue reading