An animal data safari at the 2018 CGIAR Big Data in Agriculture Convention
A4NH / Africa / AHH / Animal Diseases / Animal Health / BIGDATA / CGIAR / Communications / Data / East Africa / Event / Fish / FISHCRP / Geodata / ILRI / ILRIComms / LiveGene / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Pastoralism / Research / SLS

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

Shortages in quality animal feed hinder availability of nutritious animal-source foods
Africa / Burkina Faso / Ethiopia / Feeds / FFD / Forages / ILRI / Livelihoods / LIVESTOCKCRP / Scaling

Shortages in quality animal feed hinder availability of nutritious animal-source foods

Driven by population growth, urbanization and rising incomes, demand for livestock products in Africa and Asia may increase by 200% by 2030. Increased availability of milk, meat and eggs offers huge opportunities to meet this demand, improve diets and decrease malnourishment, especially among millions of infants, school-age children and pregnant and lactating women. New livestock-related businesses could also enhance the incomes of poor people and enable them to purchase better food for their families. But the supply of livestock products in many developing countries is constrained by low animal productivity, largely due to shortages of quality animal feed. Continue reading

A better way for vegans, vegetarians, meat eaters and livestock herders alike—By ecologist Ian Scoones
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A better way for vegans, vegetarians, meat eaters and livestock herders alike—By ecologist Ian Scoones

Agricultural ecologist Ian Scoones has some important and thoughtful things to say about the science and media publications promoting the recent ‘vegan craze’ in rich countries and the impacts of those publications on millions of livestock herders in poor countries. Continue reading

Africa RISING looks back at what the project achieved in ‘intensifying’ agriculture in its first five years
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Africa RISING looks back at what the project achieved in ‘intensifying’ agriculture in its first five years

A new report from Africa RISING—Footprints of Africa RISING Phase I (2011–2016)—summarizes the achievements of the project’s first phase. Continue reading

Green grass and greenhouse gas: Scientists are investigating the links between them
Africa / Animal Feeding / Cattle / Climate Change / Forages / ILRI / Kenya / LIVESTOCKCRP / Mazingira / News clipping

Green grass and greenhouse gas: Scientists are investigating the links between them

A team of researchers at International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) are testing Napier, Rhodes and Brachiaria grasses for cattle feed, and then physically measuring the emissions in a respiration chamber within the institute’s laboratory. Continue reading

Irrigation boosts food security for Africa’s smallholder households
Africa / Article / Crop-Livestock / Ethiopia / FFD / Fodder / Food Security / Ghana / Irrigation / Livelihoods / Research / Tanzania / Water

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