The elusive quest for the perfect chicken
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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

African Development Bank-supported livestock team and Nigerian agricultural lending agency to scale up proven animal production technologies
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African Development Bank-supported livestock team and Nigerian agricultural lending agency to scale up proven animal production technologies

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) leads the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) livestock compact, members of which recently met with a USD500-million public-private partnership in Nigeria established to ‘de-risk’ agricultural financing by providing many of the actors along the country’s agricultural value chains with affordable financing. TAAT is targeting 3–5 million farmers in the country. Continue reading

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

Art underlines the precious value of poultry genetic research
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Art underlines the precious value of poultry genetic research

‘The Incubated Worlds art exhibition clearly communicates the importance of poultry production, genetic diversity and the interdependence of communities worldwide. The facility will be more than a place of research, but also of learning and innovation for farmers, poultry businesses, associations, cooperatives and communities’, said Siboniso Moyo, the ILRI director general’s representative in Ethiopia. Continue reading

Art and science bring poultry genetics to life in Ethiopia while celebrating local diversity in all its forms
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Art and science bring poultry genetics to life in Ethiopia while celebrating local diversity in all its forms

Art and science unite to serve Ethiopian farmers—’Incubated Worlds’ explores genetic diversity of poultry to  boost nutrition and incomes. Continue reading

Ethiopia sets out the futures for its growing poultry, dairy and meat subsectors
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Ethiopia sets out the futures for its growing poultry, dairy and meat subsectors

A new livestock sector analysis from the Ethiopia’s Livestock State Ministry (LSM) and Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries (MoLF) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) was recently published. This work was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to help Ethiopia in its fact-based planning. Continue reading

Ugandan Emma Naluyima describes her thriving pig+crop farm at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture
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Ugandan Emma Naluyima describes her thriving pig+crop farm at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture

Emma Naluyima is a smallholder farmer and private veterinarian in Uganda who has integrated crop growing and livestock raising to build a thriving, profitable and environmentally friendly farm enterprise for her and her family. Continue reading