Scientists will use funds from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to look at how genetic information can improve the health and productivity of farmed animals in tropical climates. The institutions in Scotland and Africa where the researchers are based are also making additional contributions, taking the total funding pot to £20 million over the next five years.
Women represent 70% of African smallholder chicken producers. Chickens can be a real way out of difficult livelihoods for these women and the households they attend to. A new project, SciDev.Net recently reported, is aiming at leveraging this potential in novel ways.
This article reports on market participation and producers’ knowledge of the indigenous livestock grading and pricing system applied to small ruminant marketing in Somaliland. Results confirmed the importance of small ruminants as sources of income in producer households. Knowledge about the grading system was generally widespread, and this was important for market participation. Factors that …
Peste des petits ruminants (PPR), also known as goat plague, is a highly contagious viral disease of sheep and goats. The disease causes heavy losses especially in goats and has been described as one of the most damaging livestock diseases in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. On 7 October 2015, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and FAO held a joint workshop with veterinary service providers in Kenya on the socio-economic study of PPR.
As part of a global event by CGIAR Centers, Programs and Partners, Tadelle Dessie from the ACGG project recorded a message on Periscope TV ahead of World Food Day.
The July–August 2015 issue of ‘Livestock Matter(s)’ provides a round-up of livestock development news, publications, presentations, images and upcoming events from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and its partners. Download a print version or sign up to get Livestock Matter(s) in your mailbox each month.
Brachiaria grass is helping Kenyan farmers boost their dairy production and alleviate the effects of greenhouse gas emissions and ground water pollution.