Training researchers virtually when supplies can cross borders but people cannot
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Training researchers virtually when supplies can cross borders but people cannot

The Epidemiology and Control of peste des petits ruminants (ECo-PPR) project team designed 5-10-minute videos for 10 tools with built in activities and resources to support the training of veterinarians, socio-economists and lab technicians in West Africa and East Africa. Continue reading

International Livestock Research Institute becomes Global Landscapes Forum charter member
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International Livestock Research Institute becomes Global Landscapes Forum charter member

(BONN, 12 October 2020) – Over half a billion people in developing countries depend to some extent on farm animals for their livelihoods. Animal-sourced food also plays an important role in nutrition, through providing readily-available proteins and micronutrients. But animal agriculture is also implicated in global environmental challenges such as deforestation and climate change—and pressing … Continue reading

When numbers lie
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When numbers lie

Tom Dowling led a team that built a land surface temperature validation site at the ILRI Kapiti Research Station in August 2018. He spoke about some of the lessons he’s learned since then with host Simon Clark on Brilliant, a YouTube science channel. Continue reading

A 1,000-year-old ‘Evolutionary Jolt’ helped African cattle adapt to the continent’s multiple challenges
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A 1,000-year-old ‘Evolutionary Jolt’ helped African cattle adapt to the continent’s multiple challenges

A new study in Nature Genetics retraced 1,000 years of African pastoralist cattle breeding, identifying how cattle acquired the traits that enabled them to spread throughout the continent NAIROBI, Kenya (30 Sep 2020)— Scientists sifting through the DNA of indigenous African cattle breeds announced today the discovery of a thousand-year-old ‘admixture event’ between the world’s … Continue reading

ILRI’s Kapiti Research Station commits to preserving biodiversity and conserving wildlife through its wildlife corridor
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ILRI’s Kapiti Research Station commits to preserving biodiversity and conserving wildlife through its wildlife corridor

ILRI’s Kapiti Research Station has been registered as a Kenyan national wildlife conservancy. Its land will help conserve wildlife that can now move between the corridors in the Nairobi National Park and the Athi-Kapiti plains. Continue reading

COVID-19 and the livestock sector: A wake-up call to optimize sustainable livestock production
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COVID-19 and the livestock sector: A wake-up call to optimize sustainable livestock production

How do we optimize livestock production systems to meet a growing global demand for food and nutritional security in economic, social and environmentally sustainable ways? Continue reading

Chicken intervention in Ethiopian households improved the nutrition and growth of young children
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Chicken intervention in Ethiopian households improved the nutrition and growth of young children

ILRI animal geneticist/breeder Tadelle Dessie is one of many authors of a new paper in the Journal of Nutrition that is based on an intervention made by the African Chicken Genetic Gains project in Ethiopia, led by Dessie. Among the main findings of the paper are that a chicken production intervention with or without nutrition-sensitive behavior change communication may have benefited child nutrition and did not increase morbidity. Continue reading

New alliance for better dairy animal nutrition in Kenya will work to advance ‘human nutrition, success and progress’
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New alliance for better dairy animal nutrition in Kenya will work to advance ‘human nutrition, success and progress’

Yesterday (7 Sep 2020), ILRI and four partners—Bidco Land O’Lakes, Corteva Agriscience, Forage Genetics International (FGI) and Land O’Lakes Venture37—announced their new alliance in a project to strengthen dairy production in central Kenya. The project aims to help 5,000 smallholder dairy women to advance their sustainable farming practices and to ease the shortage of dairy products in the country. Continue reading

The world needs to learn how to live with COVID-19, says UK public health expert David Heymann
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The world needs to learn how to live with COVID-19, says UK public health expert David Heymann

David Heymann, who has worked for more than 20 years with the World Health Organization (WHO), here gives his outlook on the current COVID-19 pandemic at an online weekly ‘Round-up’ meeting of ILRI on 28 Aug 2020. Continue reading