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Insurance, carbon capture and markets may support pastoralists

Three options exist to move pastoralists from vulnerable to resilient lifestyles. They are commercialization of livestock systems, payment for ecosystem services and social and financial safety nets including insurance.  This was said by Iain Wright, head of the Ethiopian office of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).  He was addressing about 70 delegates from around … Continue reading

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‘Boni’ scaling the heights to greater success

She steps forward to the podium, her face breaking into her characteristic charming smile.  Her black, short cropped hair compliments her light skin.  Standing at average height, she is comfortable in front of the microphone as she would be in her own kitchen. Her name is Siboniso Moyo, popularly known as ‘Boni’- the regional representative … Continue reading

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Saving livestock by killing east coast fever disease

East Coast fever kills more than a million cattle each year in Africa and particularly threatens genetically improved cattle breeds, which are the most expensive and productive, says Henry Kiara, a researcher in Animal Health in the Animal Sciences for Sustainable Productivity program (ASSP). With nearly 20 years of research to his name, he should … Continue reading

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Tracking livestock tribes, families increases incomes and productivity

Did it ever cross your mind that cows, goats, sheep and all animals have tribes, families, clans and other family groups much like human beings do? Or that keeping track of those families is as important as it is for human beings? Understanding livestock families’ means understanding the parents of an animal, specific characteristics like the dominant colour of their skin, the likely weight it should have, the amount of milk or taste of meat it should produce when properly fed and its ability to cope with certain environments. It also involves understanding what feed and how much is best for that “tribe” (breed) of animal to produce the best milk or meat. Continue reading

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Using science to preserve culture in Rwanda

Traditional culture and science often seem to be worlds apart, but for Theogen Rutagwenda, the director general for animal resources in the Rwandan government, the two mix as naturally as salt and food. “I grew up looking after cattle and knew they were productive. Then my family moved to Uganda, where our animals died from … Continue reading

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Four scientists in the Animal Science team named to management roles

Four scientists in the Animal Science for Sustainable Productivity (ASSP) program have  joined  program director Iain Wright in heading the newly established ILRI country offices. The four are Amos Omore who will head the Tanzania country office, Danilo Pezo   (Uganda),  Saskia Hendrickx (Mozambique) and Mohamed Ibrahim (Pakistan). They  effectively become  ‘Country Representatives’ from January 1, … Continue reading

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Mwai, Ojango in ground breaking livestock and health experts meeting

ILRI scientists Okeyo Mwai and Julie Ojango were recently among the first ever group of experts in livestock genetics to participate in the annual Grand Challenges for Health meeting. They made important contribution to the dairy and poultry discussions that will be used as a basis for a strategy that will help transform livestock productivity … Continue reading