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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

Animal Breeding / ASSP / Dairying / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / Kenya / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Tanzania

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

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Sheep researchers win top prize in international conference

A study by the sheep breeding and the policy teams at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) has won the Best Overall Paper in the International Agribusiness Marketing Conference, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (22-23 October, 2013). The paper “Assessing sheep traders’ preferences in Kenya: A best-worst experiment from Kajiado County” by Nadhem Mtimet, Derek … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Breeding / ASSP / East Africa / Event / Kenya / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH

ILRI and SLU renew research partnership

A five year Memorandum of Understanding to boost livestock research for development has been signed between the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and ILRI. It renews their strategic partnership covering their already existing broad areas of collaboration but also includes a new area – the Livestock and Fish research program of the CGIAR. One … Continue reading

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Qualified livestock breeders needed in emerging economies

Efforts should be made to continuously develop and retain a critical mass of qualified breeders and geneticists to design and sustainably implement breeding programs in Africa. These professionals will greatly assist in the establishment of regional animal genetic resources recording and evaluation platforms to support uninterrupted national genetic improvement programs. This is a key recommendation … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Breeding / Article / ASSP / Climate Change / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / East Africa / Kenya / Livestock / Pastoralism

Outsmarting climate change locally

Understanding the local context is key to improving pastoral production and outsmarting climate change, a new study has revealed. It further observes that many top-down approaches that aimed at introducing innovations from outside failed because they ignored the pastoral context locally. This is published in Identifying local innovations in pastoral areas in Marsabit County, Kenya … 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