The recent EAT-Lancet Commission report includes many valid points about livestock, but misses an opportunity to contextualize diverse food production systems outside rich, developed countries. This opinion piece was written by Gebregziabher Gebreyohannes, state minister in the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture and a board member of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).
Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), received a doctorate with honoris causa and gave the commencement speech at the University of Melbourne, Australia on 6 Dec 2018.
Food systems must be transformed to produce more nutritious food with a lower environmental footprint. There are a number of initiatives around the world working towards this end. Here are just five that use different kinds of science—from smart approaches to breeding livestock and crops to recycling wastewater—that could help humans settle their growing debt to the planet.
Opinion piece by ILRI scientist Silvia Alonso on the ILRI-Chatham House report on the importance of livestock-derived foods in the first 1,000 days of life.
Over the past several weeks, illegal attempts to grab land have escalated at Kapiti Plains Estate (‘Kapiti’, or ‘Kapiti research station’), located about 60 km southeast of Nairobi along Mombasa Road, in Machakos County. Members of groups involved in the illegal sales have started trespassing and building illegal structures on Kapiti research station. No land at Kapiti is for sale.
A recent opinion piece on women and livestock was written by Isabelle Baltenweck, an agricultural economist and deputy leader of ILRI’s Policies, Institutions and Livelihoods program. Her piece was published by the Thomson Reuters Foundation News.
Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), who previously led the World Bank’s global livestock portfolio, was in Australia last week, talking to ILRI’s scientific colleagues and donor representatives in Canberra and Melbourne. ILRI is chaired by Australian Lindsay Falvey and its patron is Australian Nobel Prize laureate Peter Doherty.