We need a new approach, or another coronavirus is inevitable
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We need a new approach, or another coronavirus is inevitable

‘Until we start thinking of human and animal health as linked, another coronavirus is inevitable’, warns Jimmy Smith, the International Livestock Research Institute’s (ILRI) director general in an op-ed published 26 February in the Independent. Continue reading

Viral flash points? Poor urban settlements are highly vulnerable to the risk of the new coronavirus
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Viral flash points? Poor urban settlements are highly vulnerable to the risk of the new coronavirus

A new guest blog article published yesterday (27 Feb 2020) on the website of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) argues that weak infrastructure would leave urban settlements in low-income countries highly vulnerable should the rapid spread of COVID-19 continue. Continue reading

‘Invisible livestock’ – On the central roles of working horses, donkeys and mules on the smallholder farms that feed the world
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‘Invisible livestock’ – On the central roles of working horses, donkeys and mules on the smallholder farms that feed the world

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. Continue reading

Happy New Year! Here’s a baker’s dozen of ILRI’s top livestock communications in 2019
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Happy New Year! Here’s a baker’s dozen of ILRI’s top livestock communications in 2019

A baker’s dozen of our favourite communications in 2019 are listed and linked to below, in case you missed them. Continue reading

ILRI at the Committee on World Food Security
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ILRI at the Committee on World Food Security

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. Continue reading

The view from New York
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The view from New York

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. Continue reading