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
Africa / Agriculture / Dairying / Livelihoods / Livestock / Markets / Report / Science paper

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

On the need for expanding sustainability frameworks and veterinary vision in developing countries
A4NH / Agri-Health / AHH / AMR / Animal Diseases / Bangladesh / Disease Control / Emerging Diseases / Epidemiology / ILRI / Intensification / Middle East / North Africa / Policy / Pro-Poor Livestock / Research / Science paper / South Africa / South Asia / Southern Africa / Spotlight

On the need for expanding sustainability frameworks and veterinary vision in developing countries

A new science paper argues for broadening traditional approaches to livestock sustainability and veterinary vision in developing countries. Two of the three livestock science authors—Brian Perry and Tim Robinson—have formerly worked at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) while the third—Delia Grace—co-leads ILRI’s Animal and Human Health program. Continue reading

Lora Iannotti on livestock and animal-source foods at Berlin’s Global Forum for Food and Agriculture
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Lora Iannotti on livestock and animal-source foods at Berlin’s Global Forum for Food and Agriculture

Lora Iannotti described the role of animal-source foods in human nutrition. Iannotti, associate dean for public health at the Brown School at Washington University, in St Louis, Missouri, has considerable expertise in maternal and young child nutrition and nutrient deficiencies. Continue reading

Cereal straws and stovers for sustainable livestock futures: When crop biomass becomes livestock gold
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Cereal straws and stovers for sustainable livestock futures: When crop biomass becomes livestock gold

Michael Blümmel, deputy program leader for the Feed and Forage Development program at ILRI, is lead author on a new paper that explores the big benefits of treating cereal straws and stovers—the ‘residues’ of cereal crops after their grain has been harvested—to release their sugars, thereby turning these crop residues into nourishing feed for ruminant farm animals—cows, water buffaloes, goats and sheep. Continue reading