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Illegal land sales imperil unique treasure—by Jimmy Smith
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Illegal land sales imperil unique treasure—by Jimmy Smith

The following opinion piece was written by Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). and published in the Daily Nation (Kenya) on 15 January 2018.
The vibrant and rapidly growing local livestock sector contributes more than 40 per cent of revenues and employs half of the labour force in Kenya’s agriculture industry.
Now, the greedy actions of a few are threatening the future of many millions of people and decades of livestock research.
Also lost in the lawless Kapiti land grab is that the Ilri station is a vital wildlife corridor and dispersal area for Kenya’s Southern Conservancy Area. Continue reading

Jimmy Smith speaks in Australia on the pursuit of a ‘low-emissions cow’ and other livestock matters
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Jimmy Smith speaks in Australia on the pursuit of a ‘low-emissions cow’ and other livestock matters

‘Visiting Brisbane in November for the International Tropical Agriculture Conference for 2017, Director General of the International Livestock Research Institute Dr. Jimmy Smith discussed with Devex a range of new and exciting programs his organization is delivering to help create climate and disease resistant livestock for Africa.’ Continue reading

Thinking ‘beyond the farm’—On Germany’s longstanding commitment to agricultural research for development
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Thinking ‘beyond the farm’—On Germany’s longstanding commitment to agricultural research for development

Watch and listen to Stefan Schmitz, head of Food, Agriculture & Rural Development at Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), as he delivers a short (6-minute) filmed presentation at one of several linked collaborative events led by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and held on the sidelines of the 23rd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on 7 Nov 2017 in Bonn, Germany. Continue reading

Celebrate World Antibiotic Awareness Week by updating yourself on why health experts are so concerned
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Celebrate World Antibiotic Awareness Week by updating yourself on why health experts are so concerned

This week is World Antibiotic Awareness Week. Get yourself updated with this useful short overview on the rising global problem of antimicrobial resistance by reading this ‘Factbox’ from Thomson Reuters Foundation. Continue reading

While some animal-transmitted diseases of the poor are declining, other, mostly foodborne, diseases are on the rise
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While some animal-transmitted diseases of the poor are declining, other, mostly foodborne, diseases are on the rise

A new category of infectious diseases is thriving. Amid mostly stabilizing population growth, declining poverty, rising urbanization and emerging economic wealth, other zoonotic, largely foodborne diseases are emerging more quickly, keeping pace with human progress. . . . “While we’re getting rid of conditions that bring about some diseases, we’re also creating the conditions to give rise to new diseases or make other diseases worse,” [ILRI’s Delia Grace] said. Continue reading

Agriculture can rein in greenhouse gas emissions ‘immediately’, say UN and CGIAR
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Agriculture can rein in greenhouse gas emissions ‘immediately’, say UN and CGIAR

‘”In the next few years . . . agriculture . . . could produce early results immediately, cost-effectively and all over the world”, René Castro of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) told the COP23 climate talks in Bonn.’ Continue reading