Animal Production / Article / Cattle / Geodata / ILRI / LSE / Pigs / Poultry

Where do the world’s cattle, chickens, pigs live? Check out these cool maps (sheep and goats coming)

This articles describes a fascinating set of 2014 maps available on a Livestock Geo-Wiki maintained by a multi-partner collaboration led by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB-LUBIES). Here you’ll find regularly revised and updated global maps of livestock distributions and production systems. Continue reading

Africa / Agri-Health / Article / Books and chapters / Brucellosis / Consumption / CRP4 / Disease Control / Emerging Diseases / Food Safety / FSZ / Health (human) / ILRI / Launch / Markets

Informal markets main source of food for Africa’s poor: Today and tomorrow

‘. . . According to studies by scientists from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), informal markets . . . provide essential sources of food and income for millions of poor, with milk and meat that is often safer than supermarkets. Blunt crack-downs on informal milk and meat sellers that are a critical source of food and income for millions of people are not the solution,” Delia Grace, ILRI’s program leader for food Safety and Zoonoses, said during the launch of the study in Nairobi on Tuesday. Continue reading

Africa / Agri-Health / Article / Books and chapters / Brucellosis / Consumption / CRP4 / Disease Control / Emerging Diseases / Food Safety / FSZ / Health (human) / ILRI / Launch / Markets

Local vendors, not supermarkets, are key to Africa’s food security

Simple food safety training for informal vendors can limit the spread of SARS, avian influenza, tuberculosis and pathogens such as salmonella and E. coli, said the book, “Food safety and informal markets: Animal products in sub-Saharan Africa”. Continue reading

Article / Geodata / Goats / Livestock Systems / USA

Goats are ‘having a moment’–and making their mark in the United States

There were 2,621,514 goats in the United States as of 2012, the year of the most recent USDA Agricultural Census. If America’s goats were their own state, its population would be larger than that of Wyoming, Vermont, D.C. and North Dakota — combined. This is what all those goats look like on a map. Continue reading