Small farms to the rescue—reducing hunger by increasing low yields
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Small farms to the rescue—reducing hunger by increasing low yields

At the Global Landscapes Initiative in the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, our research focuses on increasing global food security while reducing harmful impacts from agriculture to Earth’s natural resources. We have found that one key strategy to combating food insecurity—lack of access to nutritious foods—is increasing food production on small farms. There are tremendous opportunities to increase yields throughout South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. . . . Continue reading

The epidemiological search for Ebola’s hiding places
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The epidemiological search for Ebola’s hiding places

After the recent epidemic, Ebola disappeared. But this relief is only temporary: the virus is hiding somewhere—maybe in forest animals, maybe closer to home. Leigh Cowart joins the hunt. This article was first published by Wellcome on Mosaic and is reproduced here under a Creative Commons licence. Continue reading

And in other news: Take a 3-min break this weekend to celebrate Africa’s climate heroes and change actions
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And in other news: Take a 3-min break this weekend to celebrate Africa’s climate heroes and change actions

This video comes from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and its many partners, including ILRI, which is proud to work with CCAFS and its lead centre, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). Continue reading

The ‘big bet’ on chickens for Africa
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The ‘big bet’ on chickens for Africa

The African Chicken Genetic Gains project is on a mission to bring ‘more productive chickens to African smallholders’. Led by ILRI, and backed by the deep pockets of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the African Chicken Genetic Gains project aims to improve the genetic makeup of African chickens. The initiative, which is initially being rolled out in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania, is part of what the Microsoft founder has called his ‘big bet’ on chickens, which also includes a promise to donate 100,000 of the birds to families and communities in the world’s poorest nations. . . . Continue reading

Better livestock policies in Africa offer a pathway out of poverty
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Better livestock policies in Africa offer a pathway out of poverty

Boran cattle in Yabello, Ethiopia (photo credit: ILRI/ Camille Hanotte). By Thumbi Mwangi, Washington State University A majority of rural households in Africa keep different livestock species. But only a small proportion can afford to keep good quality livestock. This is mainly due to a combination of low government funding and the poor policies of external … Continue reading

If Africa learnt to feed its chickens, it could feed its people—Calestous Juma
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If Africa learnt to feed its chickens, it could feed its people—Calestous Juma

‘Africa, which imports nearly 83% of the food it consumes, has a real chicken and egg problem. The continent is caught between pressure from imports in some countries and an inability to meet demand in others.’ Article by Calestous Juma republished from The Conversation. Continue reading

AGRF session on transforming dairy value chains in Africa: Pathways to prosperity
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AGRF session on transforming dairy value chains in Africa: Pathways to prosperity

Originally posted on ILRI livelihoods, gender and impact:
On 8 September 2016, the International Livestock Research Institute and partners hold a working session at the 2016 African Green Revolution Forum on transforming dairy value chains in Africa: Pathways to prosperity. Speakers from ILRI, GALVmed, Land O’Lakes and Kenya’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries will…