Inalienable imperative—More, and more sustainable, meat, milk, eggs and fish for more than one billion people
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Inalienable imperative—More, and more sustainable, meat, milk, eggs and fish for more than one billion people

A new scientific article from the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems has four big messages: (1) Meat, offal, milk, eggs and fish are vital to—and missing from—the diets of nearly 800 million people. (2) ‘Animal-sourced foods’ are the best sources of high-quality nutrient-rich food for toddlers 6–23-months old. (3) The harms caused by livestock and animal-sourced foods to human and planetary health are overstated. (4) Sustainable development must address the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world. Continue reading

An animal data safari at the 2018 CGIAR Big Data in Agriculture Convention
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An animal data safari at the 2018 CGIAR Big Data in Agriculture Convention

Last week, on 4 October – World Animal Day – ILRI’s Peter Ballantyne coordinated an interactive ‘mini-safari’ at the Big Data in Agriculture 2018 convention to showcase and demonstrate data-driven opportunities for and from livestock and fish ecosystems. Continue reading

Animal Diseases / Cattle / Disease Control / Fish / Fodder / Food Security / Livestock-Water / Pakistan / South Asia

Floods starve and sicken cattle and other livestock in Pakistan

To escape the flooding in Pakistan, spiders create megawebs in trees (photo on Flickr from M1K3Y; more images on the Nej Lon Blog). More than 150,000 cattle have died in Pakistan as a result of the recent flooding, which, just 12 months after the last massive flooding in the country, has washed away fodder resources and … Continue reading

Animal Breeding / Biotechnology / Canada / Environment / Fish / Food Security / North America / Pigs / Research

Eco-friendly GM pigs under development in Ontario

Min piglets at the experimental station at the Institute for Animal Science, in Beijing, China (photo credit: ILRI/Mann). Jeremy Cooke of the BBC reports in this video on a genetically modified pig, dubbed ‘Enviro-Pig’, being developed in Ontario that may be among the first of GM farm animals developed for human consumption. (Salmon genetically modified … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Production / East Africa / Fish / Kenya / Livestock / LIVESTOCKFISH / Poultry

How about integrating fish and chicken in a farm enterprise?

In the lush green hilly countryside of Kirinyaga district, Central Kenya, a silent farming revolution is taking place. While tea is favoured crop mainly due to the cool weather in the areas close to the 5199 m snowcapped Mt Kenya, integrated chicken-fish farming is slowly taking root. Read more … (Kenya Agriculture Stories) Note: The … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Asia / Capacity Strengthening / Farming Systems / Fish / Food Security / Innovation Systems / Knowledge and Information / Latin America / Livelihoods / Women

‘Give a woman a fish and she eats for a day, teach her to fish and she eats her for a lifetime’ goes the proverb (sort of); but give her access to markets and she earns a living, and give her community resources to fish sustainably and she can feed the world

Demetria Solomon, 54-year-old farmer growing maize, potato, sota, green beans (and former secretary of the local irrigation scheme) in Khulungira Village, central Malawi (photo credit: ILRI/Mann). Over at SciDev.Net, David Dickson is making the case for joined-up thinking in development work. ‘A holistic approach is also essential for building the solid infrastructure and social systems … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Farming Systems / Fish / ILRI / Livelihoods / Livestock / LIVESTOCKFISH / Research

Can smallholder farmers feed a growing Africa?—Yes, under the right conditions

Peter Karanja sells eggs in Nairobi (credit: ILRI / Mann) Intense proposal development work by the 15 centres of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and their many research partners is coming down to the wire this month, with the deadline for submitting these proposals, 1 September 2010, fast approaching. The proposals are … Continue reading

CGIAR / Fish / ILRI / Livestock / LIVESTOCKFISH / Research

Help shape the CGIAR’s livestock and fish research mega program

The CGIAR is currently undergoing a major change process – the largest in its 39 year history. The new CGIAR approach is being operationalized through a number of ‘Mega Programs’, each of which is currently being developed by several Centers working closely together. One of the first Mega Programs is focused on improving the productivity … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Production / Fish / Ghana / Livestock / West Africa

Tapping local ingenuity to raise fish and livestock

Fishers and livestock keepers in Ghana face numerous challenges. For fishers, a good harvest can mean abundant fish but low prices. And the country’s small-scale chicken farmers often lose their flocks to disease. But in Cape Coast, the capital of the Central Region, two farmers’ groups are helping members find innovative ways to add value … Continue reading

Animal Breeding / Biotechnology / Fish / USA

Genetically altered salmon get closer to US tables

‘The [US] Food and Drug Administration is seriously considering whether to approve the first genetically engineered animal that people would eat — salmon that can grow at twice the normal rate. ‘The developer of the salmon has been trying to get approval for a decade. But the company now seems to have submitted most or … Continue reading