‘To turn the unknown into the known’: Inside the global effort to bring the fight to viruses
Agri-Health / COVID19 / Directorate / Disease Control / Human Health / ILRI / OneHealth / Research / Zoonotic Diseases

‘To turn the unknown into the known’: Inside the global effort to bring the fight to viruses

Dennis Carroll, chair of the Global Virome Project Leadership Board, an ambitious global effort to develop a comprehensive database of viruses and detect and track down the planet’s unknown and emerging viral threats, spoke with Jimmy Smith, the International Livestock Research Institute’s (ILRI) director general, at the institute’s weekly virtual meeting on 18 Nov 2020. … Continue reading

Building gender sensitivity into the next generation of livestock scientists
AHH / Capacity Strengthening / CapDev / Communications / Event Report / Gender / ILRI / Research / SLS / Spotlight

Building gender sensitivity into the next generation of livestock scientists

About 20 research and graduate fellows attended a virtual training entitled ‘Integrating gender into livestock research’ which took place 16–17 Jul 2020. This two-day course was facilitated by Zoë Campbell and Renee Bullock of ILRI and hosted by Wellington Ekaya, ILRI’s head of capacity development. Continue reading

New project to improve agricultural productivity in Zimbabwe
Africa / Agri-Health / Agriculture / Animal Diseases / Animal Feeding / Animal Health / Animal Production / Animal Products / Capacity Strengthening / Climate Change / Countries / Disease Control / Drought / Drylands / Emerging Diseases / English / Environment / Epidemiology / Event / Feed Technology / Feeds / Fodder / Gender / ILRI / Impact / Impact at Scale / Innovation Systems / Livestock / Livestock Systems / LIVESTOCKCRP / Markets / Research / Scaling / Southern Africa / Women / Zimbabwe

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

The good and not-so-good news about the state of COVID-19 vaccine development: A primer from ILRI
Agri-Health / AHH / Biotechnology / COVID19 / Disease Control / Emerging Diseases / Human Health / ILRI / Presentation / Research / Spotlight / Vaccines / Zoonotic Diseases

The good and not-so-good news about the state of COVID-19 vaccine development: A primer from ILRI

Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), holds a weekly town hall for the 600-plus staff of the institute as well as staff from many of ILRI partners who are hosted on ILRI campuses in Nairobi, Addis Ababa and elsewhere. In the town hall last week, Vish Nene, co-leader of ILRI’s Animal and Human Health program, made a short presentation on the latest developments in COVID-19 vaccine work. Excerpts and slides from his virtual presentation follow. Continue reading

The straw that might break the camel’s back: exploring the link between COVID-19 and antibiotic resistance in low- and middle-income countries
AMR / Animal Health / CGIAR / COVID19 / Human Health / ILRI / Opinion Piece / Research / Zoonotic Diseases

The straw that might break the camel’s back: exploring the link between COVID-19 and antibiotic resistance in low- and middle-income countries

Antibiotics play a pivotal role in a pandemic both as prophylaxis – to prevent bacterial infections – as well as pre-emptive treatment. The emergence and rapid spread of COVID-19 highlights the importance of diagnostic testing, which is also important for antibiotic resistance and successful treatment outcomes Continue reading

ILRI’s response to the pandemic: A deepening engagement with the press and policymakers
Africa / Animal Diseases / CGIAR / Communications / Disease Control / Emerging Diseases / Human Health / ILRI / LIVESTOCKCRP / Policy / Research / Zoonotic Diseases

ILRI’s response to the pandemic: A deepening engagement with the press and policymakers

ILRI is launching an initiative to share, as broadly as possible, its research on issues related to COVID-19 with the media, policymakers and the public, and to make its experts available to comment on fast-moving developments in the field. Continue reading

ILRI adopts new framework for scaling up livestock research for development
CGIAR / ILRI / Impact / Impact at Scale / Livelihoods / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Report / Research / Scaling

ILRI adopts new framework for scaling up livestock research for development

ILRI’s Impact at Scale program reviewed the landscape of scaling with the aim of summarizing relevant approaches and tools that livestock projects can benefit from. The resulting ILRI framework provides an overview of the steps along with short summaries and assessments of nine tools related to scalability assessment. Continue reading