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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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New project launched to compile information on African livestock breeds

Improving the breeds of farm animals is one important way of resolving food problems to ensure food security for the sustainable development of humanity. This was said by Chan-Woo Kim, the ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Kenya, on July 22 at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi. He was speaking during the … Continue reading

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Celebrating achievement: Julie Ojango and Tadelle Dessie promoted

Two researchers in the Animal Sciences for Sustainable Productivity (ASSP) team Julie Ojango and Tadelle Dessie have been promoted to the position of Scientist. The appointments were made at the beginning of April 2013. Both Julie and Tadesse joined ILRI in 2006 and it is interesting that they have been promoted at the same time. … Continue reading

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ILRI forage genebank in the spotlight

ILRI scientist Alexandra Jorge reports that she just returned from a series of marathon events that were very important and relevant to the ILRI forage genebank in Addis Ababa. Here she shares her notes: CGIAR annual genebank meeting After the new CGIAR financing arrangements were set up, this was the first meeting (FAO, Rome) of … Continue reading

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ILRI to jointly host climate change event in Doha

Polly Ericksen, Senior Scientist and Interim Team Leader Drylands Programme, People, Livestock and the Environment, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), based in Nairobi, Kenya, will represent ILRI in a meeting on Grasslands climate change mitigation and adaptation potential on Wednesday, 5 December 2012, in Doha, Qatar. This is a side event being held at the … Continue reading

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ILRI forages to the fore: ILRI talks ‘Napier’ (aka elephant grass) at KARI scientific exhibition in Nairobi

Story by Alexandra Jorge Last week (22–24 Oct 2012), I participated in an exhibition, which was organized alongside the 13th Biennial Scientific Conference of the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), in Nairobi. I represented the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in a booth ILRI created to explain to KARI’s visitors what research ILRI undertakes with … Continue reading

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New frontiers for forage research in southern Africa

Research on forages just got a boost with the arrival of Godfrey Manyawu to the People Livestock and Environment theme (PLE) of  ILRI. He joins the theme as project coordinator for “Integrating crops and livestock for improved food security and livelihoods in rural Zimbabwe”.Manyawu, who is an expert in livestock production and forage sciences, will … Continue reading