‘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.
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.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has bestowed its Madhuri and Jagdish N Sheth International Alumni Award for Exceptional Achievement on Jimmy W Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Established in 2000, this annual university award recognizes its international alumni who are highly distinguished in their profession, have made outstanding contributions to government, humanity, science, art, or human welfare, and exemplify the strength of their education at Illinois.
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.
The Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH) had a double celebration on 27 September 2019 as it celebrated the achievements made in the first five years of its existence and the signing of a collaborative framework agreement between its founding partners to underpin its future for the next five years.
Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), speaks at the Africa Food Security Leadership Dialogue today, which is being held in Kigali, Rwanda. Smith discussed some of the major research and development impacts that ILRI is making to mitigate the emissions from livestock, including a new methodology to determine, for the first time, the quantities of greenhouse gases emitted by African smallholder livestock systems.
A new article in African Business Magazine provides a comprehensive overview of the risks and opportunities presented by Africa’s livestock sector and features extensive analysis from ILRI Director General Jimmy Smith.