Irrigation boosts food security for Africa’s smallholder households
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Irrigation boosts food security for Africa’s smallholder households

Findings from a review of a five-year irrigation project in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Tanzania show that all the men and women farmers who had adopted irrigation practices ‘were financially better off, more food secure and had more diverse diets’. Continue reading

The Ethiopian Society of Animal Production celebrates its silver jubilee with several awards to ILRI and partners
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The Ethiopian Society of Animal Production celebrates its silver jubilee with several awards to ILRI and partners

The Ethiopian Society of Animal Production (ESAP) celebrated its silver jubilee last month. The event was marked on 24-25 August 2017 at Haramaya University where ESAP held its 25th Annual Conference on the subject ‘Livestock – a driver for economic development’. Continue reading

New research initiative to boost the health and productivity of farmed animals in Africa
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New research initiative to boost the health and productivity of farmed animals in Africa

The Supporting Evidence Based Interventions initiative (SEBI) has received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The scheme aims to boost the livelihoods of livestock farmers by delivering evidence-based technologies that offer sustainable solutions to the challenges they face. Continue reading

Index-based livestock insurance offers protection against lack of rainfall in Ethiopia’s southern Borena zone
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Index-based livestock insurance offers protection against lack of rainfall in Ethiopia’s southern Borena zone

Initially intended only as insurance against the death of livestock, the insurance scheme has evolved into a product to help pastoralists keep their animals alive, according to Masresha Taye, who coordinates the programme in Ethiopia for the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Continue reading

A better backyard chicken for Africa could help save the continent’s diminishing wildlife populations
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A better backyard chicken for Africa could help save the continent’s diminishing wildlife populations

The idea that the humble chicken could become a savior of wildlife will seem improbable to many environmentalists. But as the human population grows at a rate that rapidly outpaces the ability of natural habitats to feed it, a better backyard chicken could be a real hope for people and wildlife alike. Continue reading

Livestock-based solutions for sustainable development in Africa
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Livestock-based solutions for sustainable development in Africa

In 2016, the United Nations issued a report highlighting the centrality of the livestock sector to the food sector and the promotion of sustainable development. Driven by population and economic growth, particularly in Africa, demand for livestock products is expected to increase by about 70% in the coming 30 years. No longer constrained by weak domestic demand on the continent, the sector in Africa today still faces many challenges which require long-term planning, coordination and investment. The development and implementation of roadmaps for livestock sector in Africa have the capacity to drive sustained economic growth, inclusive social and human development, and an efficient use of natural resources. Continue reading