It is time that working horses, donkeys and mules received the recognition that they deserve. Without it, decision-makers cannot fully claim they are listening to the 500 million smallholder farmers that feed and secure livelihoods for some of the poorest communities around the world.
A baker’s dozen of our favourite communications in 2019 are listed and linked to below, in case you missed them.
Today, the International Livestock Research Institute’s (ILRI) Iain Wright, deputy director general for research and development–Integrated Sciences, gave a short intervention at the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) held at the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) headquarters in Rome.
Tad Friend’s largely laudatory profile of Pat Brown’s Impossible Burger enterprise (‘Can a Burger Help Solve Climate Change?’ September 30, 2019) raises important points about the environmental footprint of animal farming while passing along some questionable statistics. My concern is with its failure to recognize the essential contributions of sustainable livestock to development.
A ‘Twitter Moment’ distilling Twitter posts about an ILRI opinion piece in the Financial Times on the place of ‘alt-meats’ in low- and middle-income countries
Rather than trying to replace all of the world’s meat, milk and eggs with alternatives, we should be improving husbandry systems and protecting these living assets for the most vulnerable.
The case of women’s empowerment, food security and nutrition of pastoral communities in Tanzania By Alessandra Galiè, senior gender scientist, ILRI In our research on livestock for better livelihoods we often argue for mixed-method approaches: Combining quantitative and qualitative research methodologies will, we think, enhance the quality of our research and the validity of our findings. …