Climate Change / Drought / ILRI / Insurance / Livestock / Vulnerability

Livestock insurance: reducing vulnerability

A severe summer drought, followed by winter temperatures of minus 40-50°C, has resulted in the loss of an estimated 8 million animals – about 17 per cent of Mongolia’s livestock. The extreme conditions, known as dzud, have had a devastating impact in a country where 40 per cent of the population depend on livestock. In … Continue reading

Animal Diseases / Animal Health / Disease Control / ECF / ILRI / Livestock / Vaccines

Protecting cattle from East Coast fever

… Every year, over one million cattle in east and southern Africa die from East Coast fever – that’s about one cow every thirty seconds. The hardship caused by the disease to livestock keepers and their families is terrible, and financially, the loss to east Africa alone is around 190 million US dollars each year. … Continue reading

Animal Diseases / Animal Health / Disease Control

Zebra-scented cattle keep tsetse flies away

Zebra-scented cattle will be roaming East Africa in increasing numbers over the next three years thanks to a grant to perfect a technology that keeps tsetse flies away. Researchers have developed repellent collars containing the synthetic equivalents of the odours of animals that tsetse flies tend to avoid — such as zebra. “We decided to … Continue reading

Bird flu / Disease Control / Livestock / Zoonotic Diseases

Despite many successes, avian influenza still threatens

FAO calls for sustained action on H5N1 and emerging infections 16 April 2010, Rome – Although concerted international action has successfully eliminated the deadly H5N1 avian influenza virus from poultry in almost all the 63 countries it infected at the peak of the world outbreak in 2006, it persists in five nations and thus poses … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Diseases / Ghana / Livestock / West Africa

UGCACS launches School of Veterinary Medicine

Accra, April 13, GNA – Authorities of University of Ghana College of Agriculture and Consumer Science (UGCACS) on Tuesday launched the School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) to train world class veterinarians in Ghana. Dr Alfred Sugri Tia, Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) in-charge of Livestock, said at the launch that Ghana had relied … Continue reading

Africa / Climate Change / Ethiopia / Pastoralism

Climate change increasing poverty and vulnerability in Ethiopia

Small-scale farmers and pastoralists in Ethiopia are likely to bear the brunt of the negative impacts of climate change in the region, which will include increased poverty, water scarcity, and food insecurity, according to a new Oxfam International report released today. The international development agency’s report, “The Rain Doesn’t Come on Time Anymore: Poverty, Vulnerability, … Continue reading

Asia / Bird flu / Disease Control / Livestock / Southeast Asia / Trade / Zoonotic Diseases

FAO studies cross-border trade of poultry commodities to improve risk management of avian influenza in the Greater Mekong Subregion

The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) includes Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam and the southern provinces of China. In the GMS, the emergence of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in early 2003 and highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) from 2004 to 2010 has marked this region as a hotspot for emerging infectious diseases. Animal … Continue reading

Animal Products / Climate Change

Carnivorous climate skeptics in the media

Earlier this month, the food news cycle took a spin for the better for carnivores concerned with the environmental impact of their diet. Fox News and the Washington Times offered the brightest rays of hope, introducing stories with the headlines “Eat Less Meat, Reduce Global Warming—Or Not” and “Meat, dairy diet not tied to global … Continue reading

Australia / Climate Change / Livestock

Survey: cattle graziers’ climate change adaptability

“We will be asking how graziers in the Northern Territory and Queensland are currently coping with climate variability and their plans for the future,” said CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship researcher, Dr Nadine Marshall. “We aim to learn more about their circumstances, strengths and weaknesses and then observe how they deal with climate change impacts over … Continue reading