Agri-Health / Article / BecA / CRP4 / Diagnostics / Disease Control / East Africa / Food Safety / FSZ / ILRI / Kenya

Kenya, hotspot for aflatoxin poisoning, opens aflatoxin lab and ‘aflasafe’ facility for biocontrol of this fungal toxin

‘In an effort to address aflatoxin poisoning, which has killed more than 100 people in the country, the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (Kalro) has launched the first ever Aflatoxin lab in Kenya.’ Continue reading

Agriculture / Article / Directorate / East Africa / ILRI / ILRI40 / Kenya / Markets / Policy / Pro-Poor Livestock / Uganda

FAO’s Modibo Traore and Uganda’s Bright Rwamirama at ILRI@40 Nairobi conference (1 Oct)

Bright Rwamirama, Honourable State Minister for Animal Industry, Uganda (left), and Modibo Traoré, FAO sub-regional coordinator for eastern Africa and representative to Ethiopia, the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, at the ILRI@40 conference in Nairobi, 1 Oct 2014 (photo credit: ILRI/Paul Karaimu). Which matters most to Africa’s agricultural development? Research … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / Article / ASSP / Crop residues / CRP35 / CRP37 / FBS / Feeds / Fodder / ILRI / Intensification / Markets / South Asia

Breeding legumes for livestock feed (biomass) as well as human food (grain)

Cowpea fodder bundles stacked in Niger for livestock feed (photo credit: ILRI). ‘Of the many virtues of grain legumes, one is little recognized. Visitors to the livestock fodder markets of West Africa are always surprised to see groundnut and cowpea haulms (stalks and stems of legume plants) sold at prices that exceed that of cereal … Continue reading

Agri-Health / Animal Products / CRP4 / Food Safety / FSZ / ILRI / Impact Assessment

Safe and fair food for informal markets: A food safety impact narrative

Over the past decade, ILRI research has provided insight into the impacts of food-borne diseases, challenged conventional thinking on food safety and developed a successful approach to participatory risk analysis for understanding and managing food safety in a more dynamic future. Continue reading

Africa / Asia / Dairying / East Africa / ILRI / Impact Assessment / India / Kenya / South Asia

Leveraging the informal dairy sector for health and wealth: An impact narrative from Kenya and Assam

ILRI’s support to smallholder dairy development has benefited the Kenyan economy. The benefits of policy change include improved safety of milk, increased profit margins for small-scale vendors, greater access to milk for poor consumers, and employment for many others in the sector, with knock-on benefits for the wider economy. Building on the Kenyan approach, an initiative to improve milk handling among traders in Assam in India resulted in a new governance institution, increased risk mitigation, improvements in milk quality, higher sales and increased customer satisfaction. Continue reading