The Tanzanian livestock master plan: A conversation with Barry Shapiro
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The Tanzanian livestock master plan: A conversation with Barry Shapiro

Using what’s called the Livestock Sector Investment Policy Toolkit (LSIPT), we develop a dynamic herd model and an economic sector model on top of that. And we use that to do an analysis of the current situation of the livestock sector and its potential for further development, modernization, transformation, and so on, over 15 years. Continue reading

Reducing use of antimicrobial drugs in livestock in low-income countries: Two scientists reflect on options
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Reducing use of antimicrobial drugs in livestock in low-income countries: Two scientists reflect on options

Delia Grace Randolph, a veterinary epidemiologist and food safety expert who co-leads the Animal and Human Health program at ILRI, was interviewed recently by Wilton Park, a non-profit discussion centre in the UK. The event at which Grace spoke was a workshop held 11–13 Apr 2018 in West Sussex on Innovations to reduce the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals in low- and middle-income countries. Continue reading

Odisha Odyssey: A look at the emerging commercial dairy value chains in eastern India
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Odisha Odyssey: A look at the emerging commercial dairy value chains in eastern India

In recent years, ILRI scientists have been working with institutional partners and local farmer organizations in Odisha, a large eastern state of India on the Bay of Bengal, on research to improve the feed and fodder resources readily available to smallholder livestock keepers. ILRI conducted this collaborative research through a collaborative CGIAR Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) aiming to increase and sustain small farm productivity in selected regions of Bangladesh, India and Nepal.

As part of an ILRI photojournalism trip to India undertaken in early Mar 2016, the authors visited a town on the outskirts of Bhadrak, a city in northern Odisha, to capture a bit of what the ILRI-led CSISA work has accomplished for small-scale dairy farmers in the area. Continue reading

2016 Science Forum: Rethinking agricultural pathways to inclusive development
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2016 Science Forum: Rethinking agricultural pathways to inclusive development

In the lead up to the 2016 Science Forum, steering committee members and invited speakers answered a few questions related to the Forum’s focus on agricultural research pathways to inclusive rural development. Below are excerpts of their responses. You’ll find all the responses on the SF2016 blog site. Continue reading

It’s showtime: ILRI’s series of ‘Hard Talk’ science interviews by Brian Perry
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It’s showtime: ILRI’s series of ‘Hard Talk’ science interviews by Brian Perry

Brian Perry (left) interviews Mario Herrero in a ‘hard talk’ series at ILRI’s annual program meeting in 2006 in Nairobi (photo credit: ILRI). Several years ago, staff of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) innovated ways to enliven their annual program meetings (aka, death by research powerpoint). One of the ways ILRI shook things up … Continue reading

A ‘who’s who’ in livestock research-for-development gathering in Ethiopia
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A ‘who’s who’ in livestock research-for-development gathering in Ethiopia

A high-profile two-day conference held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 6–7 Nov 2014, to mark the 40-year anniversary of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) brought together world leaders at the intersection of livestock science and development. This conference, the culmination of a series of events that ILRI organized in different parts of the world in the last quarter of 2014 to mark its 4-decade milestone, gave ILRI an opportunity to acknowledge the many people who have helped build the institute and make it what it is today. Chief among these are ILRI’s past and present directors general. Continue reading

Aflatoxins in Kenya’s food chain: Overview of what researchers are doing to combat the threat to public health
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Aflatoxins in Kenya’s food chain: Overview of what researchers are doing to combat the threat to public health

Aflatoxins are toxic chemicals produced as by-products by fungi (moulds) that grow on maize, groundnuts and other food crops. These toxins also affect feedstuffs, which then contaminate milk, meat and eggs. The toxins occur everywhere in the world, but pose particularly high risks in tropical developing countries where certain staple foods, such as maize and sorghum, comprise a large part of the diets of the poor. Continue reading