A tool for all seasons: A ‘lean’ household survey system for ‘minimal effort, maximum information’ comes of age
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A tool for all seasons: A ‘lean’ household survey system for ‘minimal effort, maximum information’ comes of age

Out this week is the first public release of a huge dataset generated by recent surveys of more than 13,000 households in 21 countries using RHoMIS, a novel tool that makes household surveys efficient, robust and comparable. 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

Sustainable livestock systems for sustainable lives
Africa / Agri-Health / Asia / Consumption / Food Security / Human Health / ILRI / Nutrition / PIL / Pro-Poor Livestock / Science paper / Spotlight

Sustainable livestock systems for sustainable lives

This month, in a new issue of the science journal Animal Frontiers, ILRI scientist Padmakumar Varijakshapanicker leads authorship of a paper on Sustainable livestock systems to improve human health, nutrition, and economic status. Continue reading

Confused about the meat/milk/diet wars? That’s OK. It’s complicated. And poorly fact-checked. And under-studied.
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Confused about the meat/milk/diet wars? That’s OK. It’s complicated. And poorly fact-checked. And under-studied.

Just in time to add fuel to the fire of the current meat, milk and diet wars being waged in scholarly and lay media alike comes the latest issue (Oct 2019) of the scientific journal ‘Animal Frontiers’ on ‘Foods of animal origin: A prescription for global health’, with the term ‘health’, here, covering both human and environmental health. What it offers is a clear-headed, evidenced based, balanced look at the facts as we know them, and the facts that we need. Continue reading

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
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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