For people living in absolute poverty and chronic hunger, the solution is not to rid the world of livestock, but to find ways to farm animals more efficiently and more sustainably
The study ‘Pastoralism and the Green Economy – a natural nexus?’ focuses on pastoralism’s current and future potential to secure sustainable management and green-economy outcomes from the world’s rangelands.
Use of biogas in the Iringa region of Tanzania is helping to address poverty and reduce dependency of forests in an initiative promoting the biological diversity, ecological functions and sustainable use of natural resources in the Eastern Arc Mountains.
Heifer International, which is working with ILRI and other partners in the Maziwa Zaidi project in Tanzania, has received a USD 750,000 grant from the Starbucks Foundation to fund the Mbozi Farmer Livelihood Improvement project, which will provide 5,000 smallholder farmers in country with dairy heifers and bulls to complement coffee farming.
Deaths caused by East Coast fever, the biggest killer of East African cattle, dropped 89 per cent among calves which were also infected with other species of parasite that do not cause disease.
Agricultural economists working in ILRI and Uganda have designed a new method of identifying and analysing constraints to smallholder farmers’ capacity to serve fast retail markets.
The Economist magazine recently ran a piece on research indicating that the ability to digest milk may explain how Europe got rich (28 Mar 2015).
Pork joints in Uganda (photo credit: ILRI/Martin Heilmann, Freie Universitaet Berlin). The following excerpts are taken from a guest commentary, Healthy foods must be nutritious, safe and fair, published on the Global Food for Thought blog of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs on 10 Apr 2015. The authors are John McDermott, of the International Food Policy …