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Working together to improve the livelihoods of pastoralists in Zimbabwe

Agro-pastoralists in Zimbabwe face a host of challenges, including low-yielding fodder crops, degraded land and volatile markets. Furthermore, due to the prevalence of sector-specific technologies, they lack access to solutions that can improve their integrated production systems. But, with the right training and support, food insecurity can become a thing of the past. Continue reading

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Mending our food systems: Upstream and downstream research must work together

Future food security will be achieved by exploiting the power of ‘new biosciences’. The new biosciences include genomics (the study of the structure, function, evolution and mapping of all the heritable traits of an organism), immunology and vaccinology (the science or methodology of vaccine bio-informatics. But without marrying the power of these new biosciences tools … Continue reading

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Producing more milk, more meat with less water

When Sasakawa-Global 2000 and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) provided training and loans to a group of farmers in the Awash Valley, Ethiopia, little did they anticipate what such resources in the hands of hard working, poor, small scale farmers could yield. The farmers in the Awash River Basin were trapped in poverty, earning … Continue reading

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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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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