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Driving livestock development through multidisciplinary systems research: An impact narrative

Scaling up transdisciplinary research so that a systems approach can be applied by more and more scientists could make a huge contribution to development in smallholder farming. Continue reading

National Geographic weighs in on (several) inconvenient truths and (several different sides) of the ‘beef debate’
Animal Feeding / Animal Health / Animal Production / Article / Cattle / Consumption / Environment / Farming Systems / Intensification / Livestock Systems / North America / USA

National Geographic weighs in on (several) inconvenient truths and (several different sides) of the ‘beef debate’

There’s a new feature article in National Geographic this month titled: Carnivore’s Dilemma. Written by Robert Kunzig and photographed by Brian Finke, the feature asks, and attempts to answer, the question: ‘Is America’s appetite for meat bad for the planet?’ Continue reading

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Northwest Vietnam situation analysis starting point for Humidtropics research in Central Mekong

The International Livestock Research Institute recently published a ‘situational analysis of agricultural production and marketing, and natural resources management systems in northwest Vietnam’ for the Humidtropics CGIAR research program. It is a starting point for the program’s work in one of the four geographical ‘Action Area Flagships’ where innovations are tested to meet the challenges of stakeholders. It paints a comprehensive and broad picture of the current systems that are key to tackling the problems faced in the target field sites. Continue reading

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Eight principles for land and water management in the Nile Basin

The Nile Basin Development Challenge (NBDC) in Ethiopia distilled insights, findings and experiences into eight key messages which, taken together, contribute to new water and land management paradigm that enables poor smallholder farmers improve their food security, livelihoods and incomes while conserving the natural resource base. Continue reading

Agriculture / Asia / Crop-Livestock / CRP12 / Event / Farming Systems / Humid Tropics / PTVC / Research / Vietnam

Condensing lots of information into a situational analysis report: think about key messages

As promised six months ago, the Humidtropics situational analysis being conducted in the Northwest Vietnam action site is now ready to share its first lessons. This preliminary research activity of the Humidtropics CGIAR research program has been coordinated by Steve Staal, Regional Representative for Southeast Asia of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). It has … Continue reading

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Joining the PARADE: Lessons on participatory agricultural research by a livestock economist

I joined the PARADE workshop from 9 to 11 December 2013. PARADE stands for Participatory Agricultural Research: Approaches, Design and Evaluation. The PARADE event held this week was an expert meeting at Saint Anne’s College, Oxford, United Kingdom. It was sadly not a vibrant, colourful and noisy display of human diversity… Then again, perhaps it … Continue reading