Animal Products / Article / Climate Change / Farming Systems / ILRI / Livestock Systems / LSE / Pro-Poor Livestock / Soils / UK

Manure: A valuable resource—a 3-part webinar on a ‘win-win-win-win-win’ coming this February

The Livestock and Manure Management project of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Wageningen University & Research Centre (Wageningen UR) invite you to join a series of three webinars—on Wednesdays, 3, 17 and 24 Feb 2016—on ‘Manure: a valuable resource’. Continue reading

American agricultural economist Steve Staal leads livestock policy, trade and value chain research at ILRI
Animal Production / Crop-Livestock / Farming Systems / ILRI / Kenya / Philippines / Policy / Pro-Poor Livestock / PTVC / Research / Scholarship / Trade / Value Chains

American agricultural economist Steve Staal leads livestock policy, trade and value chain research at ILRI

Steve Staal, who for the past 15 months has served the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Los Baños, the Philippines, as regional representative for East and South Asia, this month takes up leadership of ILRI’s Policy, Trade and Value Chains program and is now based in Nairobi. Continue reading

‘Mixing it up’ down on the farm to better adapt to climate change
Africa / Article / CGIAR / Climate Change / Crop-Livestock / CRP7 / Farming Systems / ILRI / Livestock Systems / LSE

‘Mixing it up’ down on the farm to better adapt to climate change

A recent perspective piece published in Nature Climate Change by researchers Philip Thornton and Mario Herrero suggests that we still know very little about how climate change will impact these mixed farms and especially the interactions between crops and livestock. This is alarming as mixed farming systems form the backbone of smallholder production in developing countries,producing over 90% of the world’s milk supply and 80% of the meat from ruminants. Continue reading

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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