Scientists test an experimental vaccine against malignant catarrhal fever at ILRI’s Kapiti Research Station
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Scientists test an experimental vaccine against malignant catarrhal fever at ILRI’s Kapiti Research Station

Scientists from ILRI, UK, US, Australia and Tanzania have been working together since 2016 to test an experimental vaccine for malignant catarrhal fever (MCF). They tested an attenuated vaccine strain of MCF (AlHV-1 C500) at ILRI’s Kapiti Research Station. Continue reading

Expanding livestock production in Asia and Africa key to environmental as well as human welfare gains—New study
Advocacy / Africa / CCAFS / Consumption / Food Security / ILRI / Impact Assessment / Intensification / Livelihoods / LIVESTOCKCRP / Markets / Nutrition / PIL / PIM / Pro-Poor Livestock / Science paper / South Asia / Spotlight / WLE / Women

Expanding livestock production in Asia and Africa key to environmental as well as human welfare gains—New study

A new paper, published this month in Global Food Security and led by scientists at ILRI, confirms a wealth of similar evidence showing that, with sufficient and targeted investments in their livestock sectors, low- and middle-income countries can achieve both better nutrition and incomes for the poor and greatly reduced greenhouse gas emission and agricultural water use. Continue reading

African livestock: A terrible thing to waste
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African livestock: A terrible thing to waste

Care about ‘sustainable agriculture’ in Africa? Then you should care about livestock. Take a look at the evidence as reported earlier this year in a scientific paper published by researchers at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) this month. Continue reading

Barriers and opportunities for women milk traders in peri-urban Nairobi
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Barriers and opportunities for women milk traders in peri-urban Nairobi

In much of Africa, milk is not only an important dietary component, but a vital livelihood activity. Dairying provides income to many people, up and down the dairy value chain. In Nairobi’s peri-urban resource-poor areas, informal milk trade dominates the market: most residents rely on it to source milk for consumption, and dairy traders rely … Continue reading

Greenhouse gas emissions from dung patches in developing countries are ‘likely highly overestimated’—New report
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Greenhouse gas emissions from dung patches in developing countries are ‘likely highly overestimated’—New report

A new research paper published by scientists of the Mazingira Centre (‘mazingira’ means ‘environment’ in Swahili) of the Nairobi-based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) reports evidence that greenhouse gas emissions from dung patches in developing countries are ‘likely highly overestimated’ in global livestock emissions estimates. Continue reading

The Women’s Empowerment in Livestock Index: Indicators for the start of a global, badly needed, conversation
Agriculture / East Africa / Gender / Impact Assessment / Livelihoods / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / PIL / Pro-Poor Livestock / Research / Science paper / Spotlight / Tanzania / Women

The Women’s Empowerment in Livestock Index: Indicators for the start of a global, badly needed, conversation

Recently, a team of scientists at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), led by anthropologist Alessandra Galiè, in collaboration with Emory University, developed the Women’s Empowerment in Livestock Index (WELI), a new index to assess the empowerment of women in production systems in which livestock are important. Continue reading