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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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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

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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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Solution in sight for maize streak virus disease

Small holder farmers in high density areas of Kenya can now heave a sigh of relief. That is after a recent study confirmed that their “new maize planting strategy” – can after all alleviate feed shortages by ensuring a constant supply of fodder for livestock without compromising grain quality and quantity. Led by ILRI scientist, … Continue reading

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African livestock records necessary

Accurate record keeping of livestock details is necessary if Africa is to benefit from animal genetic improvement. For developing countries, investment in genetic improvement is worthwhile as results are accumulative and permanent, and have been shown to have one of the highest rate of returns over time. This was said by Dr Raphael Mrode, a … Continue reading

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Improving genetics to enhance livestock productivity

A training workshop on advances in quantitative animal genetics and breeding evaluation procedures takes place at the International Livestock Research Institute 17th to 22nd June 2013. Led by Dr Raphael Mrode, a Senior Geneticist, Animal & Veterinary Sciences, at the Scotland Rural College (SRUC), the participants will be trained on – quantitative genetic evaluation techniques, … 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