Africa / ASSP / BioSciences / Breeds / CRP37 / Event / ILRI / Livestock

Lessons from research: Delivering results from FoodAfrica

Experts from different scientific fields and international research organizations shared their expertise on food and nutrition security on Monday 16 June, 2014 at the FoodAfrica midterm seminar. The seminar, organized by FoodAfrica co-ordinators MTT Agrifood Research Finland, was held at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Karen Marshall and Stanly Tebug were part of the team … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Breeding / ASSP / Breeds / CRP11 / CRP12 / CRP37 / CRPs / Drought / Drylands / Event / Gender / ILRI / Integrated Sciences / Kenya / Livestock / Southern Africa

‘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

Africa / Animal Breeding / ASSP / Biodiversity / Breeds / Capacity Strengthening / CapDev / CRP37 / Dairying / East Africa / Event / Indigenous Breeds / Integrated Sciences / Kenya / Livestock / Tanzania

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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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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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

Animal Feeding / Article / ASSP / Climate Change / CRP11 / CRP12 / CRPs / Drought / Drylands / Ethiopia / Event / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / Livestock-Water / NRM / PLE

Celebrating World Water Day

Today, March 22, is World Water Day and 2013 is the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation. As rapid urbanization, climate change and growing food needs put ever-increasing pressure on freshwater resources, the objective of the 2013 theme is to draw attention to the benefits of cooperation in water management. It will serve to … Continue reading

Africa / Asia / Climate Change / Crop Residues / CRP7 / Drought / Drylands / Event / Gender / Livestock / PLE / South Asia / Water

Building trust essential for science research

By Jane Gitau Small scale farmers appear to seek diversified ways of living as method of coping with the changing climate patterns and expensive goods. This observation was made by researchers of the IMPACTLite writeshop January 21-24, in Machakos, east of Nairobi, to consolidate their views and outline their proposed scientific papers. The team is … Continue reading

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How much water is in the meat on your plate?

By Jane Gitau What is a ‘water footprint’ and why does it matter? Does it differ between developing and developed countries? These are some of the questions that renown professor in Water Management, Arjen Y. Hoekstra will attempt to answer to an ILRI audience on February 7, 2013. The University of Twente, Netherlands Professor will … 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