Consumption / Crop-Livestock / Environment / Farming Systems / Film and video / Interview / Opinion piece / Presentation

Conscious carnivores: Bill Gates says the meat market is ripe for reinvention in the form of ‘meat analogues’

American food writer and activist Michael Pollan (photo on Flickr by PopTech). The meat market, says Bill Gates, is ripe for reinvention. The market is growing fast to meet rising demands for animal-source foods throughout much of the developing world, particularly China and India and other countries with fast-growing economies. Food scientists are creating healthful … Continue reading

Agriculture / Environment / Farming Systems / ILRI / Livestock Systems / Research

People, the planet, and sustainable livestock: Livestock live talk at ILRI on18 January 2013

On Friday, 18 January 2013, Jeroen Dijkman, an internationally recognized authority on agricultural innovation systems and rural development practice and planning, will give a ‘livestock live talk’ seminar on ‘People, the planet, and sustainable livestock’, at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), in Nairobi, Kenya. View the event announcement: He was previously the director of … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Asia / CCAFS / Central America / Climate Change / Environment / Farming Systems / ILRI / Livestock Systems / Research

Livestock and global change: Livestock live talk at ILRI on 28 November 2012

Globally, the demand for meat products is growing at 1.8% per year due to increasing populations, economic growth and rapid urbanization. Agropastoral and pastoral systems cover 45% of the earth’s usable surface and supply 9% of global meat production, while mixed crop-livestock farming systems produce 54% of the total meat and 90% of the milk … Continue reading

Agriculture / Capacity Strengthening / East Africa / Event / Farming Systems / Food Security / Livelihoods / Southern Africa

New Australian International Food Security Centre seeks partnerships in Africa

Mellissa Wood (4th left), of the Australian International Food Security Centre, and other members of the the Commission for International Agricultural Research on a visit to ILRI in March 2012 (photo credit: ILRI). A new initiative has been launched by the Australian International Food Security Centre to improve food security in Africa. The centre, which falls … Continue reading

CCAFS / Climate Change / Farming Systems / Livestock / Livestock Systems / Report

Small scale livestock farming and climatic variability focus of VSF report

As part of a development education/awareness programme in Europe, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Europa and its partners recently carried out a study on the importance of Small Scale Livestock Farming in the context of climate variability. Part of a ‘campaign’ to sensitize and mobilize people in favour of small scale livestock farming, the study “shows that … Continue reading

A4NH / Canada / East Africa / Epidemiology / Event report / Farming Systems / Food Security / Geodata / ICT / Livestock / Poultry / RVF / Seeds / Uganda / Zambia / Zimbabwe

New consortium to investigate environmental changes spreading diseases between animals and people in Africa

Malawi crop-and-livestock farmer (photo credit: ILRI/Susan MacMillan). One of the drivers of disease in Africa, a continent with a particularly heavy disease burden, are environmental changes that help to spread infectious pathogens between animals (both wild and domestic) and people. That is why the start of a new research program, in which the International Livestock … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Crop-Livestock / Farming Systems / Ghana / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Intensification / Mali / Project / Research / West Africa

Transforming African agricultural systems through sustainable intensification: Project design workshops

As part of the US government’s Feed the Future initiative to address global hunger and food security issues in sub-Saharan Africa, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) is supporting three multi-stakeholder agricultural research projects to sustainably intensify key African farming systems. Based in three priority agro-ecological zones, the three projects are focused on sites … Continue reading

Animal Production / Farming Systems / Livestock / Livestock Systems / Pastoralism / Policy

Policies for pastoralists?

Pastoralists across the world suffer serious problems of poverty, vulnerability to shocks and political marginality. Authored by WrenMedia, this series of Information Notes from the Natural Resources Institute outlines the major challenges to development of and for pastoralists. Opportunities for Development Challenges to Pastoral Development Rights, Governance and Voice Risk Reduction and Linking Relief with … Continue reading

Animal Production / Crop residues / Crop-Livestock / Farming Systems / Film and video / ILRI / Intensification / Livestock / Presentation / Pro-Poor Livestock

Pathways for sustainable development of mixed crop-livestock systems in developing countries

On 3 November 2011, Shirley Tarawali presented ILRI work on crop-livestock systems at the Wageningen symposium ‘Assessment for sustainable development of animal production systems.’ Watch the video of her presentation (Tarawali starts 40 minutes into the video) View Tarawali’s presentation: Continue reading

Agriculture / Article / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / Environment / Farming Systems / Food Security / Geodata / ILRI / NRM / Research / WLE

A BIG conversation starts on ways to increase food supplies while protecting environments and eradicating hunger

An animated 3-minute video clip by the University of Minnesota’s Institute for the Environment. Justin Gillis has published an interesting piece this week in the Green Blog of the New York Times on a big study just published in Nature by Jon Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. … Continue reading