A new study gives insights on Napier (elephant) grass, a fast-growing tropical grass
Agriculture / Feeds / Fodder / Forages / Genetics / Livestock Productivity / LIVESTOCKCRP / Science paper / Species

A new study gives insights on Napier (elephant) grass, a fast-growing tropical grass

Using a combination of short-read sequencing, single-molecule long-read sequencing and Hi-C chromosome conformation capture technologies scientists were able to assemble a chromosome scale genome of elephant grass and found an abundance of information. 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

Chicken intervention in Ethiopian households improved the nutrition and growth of young children
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Chicken intervention in Ethiopian households improved the nutrition and growth of young children

ILRI animal geneticist/breeder Tadelle Dessie is one of many authors of a new paper in the Journal of Nutrition that is based on an intervention made by the African Chicken Genetic Gains project in Ethiopia, led by Dessie. Among the main findings of the paper are that a chicken production intervention with or without nutrition-sensitive behavior change communication may have benefited child nutrition and did not increase morbidity. Continue reading

New alliance for better dairy animal nutrition in Kenya will work to advance ‘human nutrition, success and progress’
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New alliance for better dairy animal nutrition in Kenya will work to advance ‘human nutrition, success and progress’

Yesterday (7 Sep 2020), ILRI and four partners—Bidco Land O’Lakes, Corteva Agriscience, Forage Genetics International (FGI) and Land O’Lakes Venture37—announced their new alliance in a project to strengthen dairy production in central Kenya. The project aims to help 5,000 smallholder dairy women to advance their sustainable farming practices and to ease the shortage of dairy products in the country. Continue reading

Global action needed to fight the spread of African swine fever
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Global action needed to fight the spread of African swine fever

African swine fever, an infectious viral disease of domestic and wild pigs, has spread to nearly 51 countries across the globe and continues to wreak havoc with countries facing significant socio-economic losses in the current situation. The disease, which is caused by African swine fever virus, causes hemorrhagic fever with high mortality rates in domestic … 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

East African dairy under COVID-19: How is this vibrant sub-sector faring? Join us for a webinar 28 May
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East African dairy under COVID-19: How is this vibrant sub-sector faring? Join us for a webinar 28 May

East African dairy under COVID-19: A vibrant sub-sector is key to a food-secure future. Join us for a webinar with experts from Land O’Lakes Venture37 | International Livestock Research Institute | Global Dairy Platform | Bain & Company. Hosted by the SEEP Network on 28 May 2020 Continue reading

ILRI ‘eWeigh’ mobile phone app to help farmers accurately estimate live weight of their cattle
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ILRI ‘eWeigh’ mobile phone app to help farmers accurately estimate live weight of their cattle

Researchers from the Mazingira Centre at ILRI have developed a mobile phone application (app) to help farmers better gauge the live weight of their animals. Continue reading

ILRI technology upscaling program recognized for supporting the Ethiopian poultry sector
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ILRI technology upscaling program recognized for supporting the Ethiopian poultry sector

The Ethiopian Poultry Producers and Processors Association recognized the ILRI led-Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) project for its role in strengthening the Ethiopian poultry sector. Continue reading