ABS / Agri-Health / Animal Health / Article / Cattle / Central Africa / CRP37 / Diagnostics / Disease Control / East Africa / ECF / Epidemiology / Health (human) / ILRI / Kenya / Southern Africa

When two parasites are better than one: (Unusual) insights into ways to combat human parasitic diseases

Portrait of one of Kenya’s  Improved Boran breed of cattle (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann). ‘Parasites found in African cattle could offer a new insight into ways of combatting serious parasitic diseases in humans, including malaria. A team funded by the Wellcome Trust has found that cows can be protected from parasites that cause deadly diseases … Continue reading

Article / Chickens / Consumption / CRP4 / Food Safety / FSZ / Health (human) / ILRI / Intensification / Pigs

New publication warns of rising use of antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs in farm animals

Delia Grace, a veterinary epidemiologist colleague of Robinson’s at ILRI, was recently asked by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to write a paper, now under external review, on antimicrobial resistance linked to agriculture. Continue reading

Agriculture / Article / CRP12 / Event / Humid Tropics / PTVC / Research

Tapping into our creative potential: Humidtropics writeshop on innovation platform case studies

Twelve individuals gathered at the Nairobi headquarters of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) from 24 to 27 February 2015 to spend a week focused on writing­ under a case study competition organized by the CGIAR Research Program on Humidtropics. Continue reading

Agri-Health / Article / CRP4 / Disease Control / Emerging Diseases / Epidemiology / FSZ / Geodata / Health (human) / ILRI

Livestock in poor countries need drugs to stay alive and productive, but how to avoid the rise of ‘super bugs’?

Developing-country livestock keepers need more and better drugs to keep their animals alive and productive, and there are increasing numbers of livestock in the South, where there is increasing use of antimicrobial drugs, and poor livestock keepers will be hurt the most by development in pathogens of antimicrobial resistance. So what’s needed to avoid ‘super bugs’ arising? A new PNAS paper has this to say. Continue reading

ABS / Animal Breeding / Animal Products / Article / Books and chapters / Chickens / Consumption / Genetics / ILRI / Indigenous Breeds / Intensification / North America / Poultry / Trade / USA

How a ‘Chicken of Tomorrow’ breeding contest turned America’s backyard birds into a giant global industry

New Yorker cover by Tom Gauld (via Pinterest). The following fascinating recent history of the chicken in America is taken from a 2014 essay by Andrew Lawler published in Aeon (check out this online science and cultural magazine, founded in London in 2012, if you haven’t yet): Chicken of tomorrow: How a massive breeding contest turned … Continue reading