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Ebola: Three unpalatable truths

The district of Kailahun, in eastern Sierra Leone, bordering Guinea, is home to this 88-bed largest Ebola treatment and isolation centre set up by Médecins Sans Frontières (photo on Flickr by ©EC/ECHO/Cyprien Fabre). This opinion piece is written by Eliza Smith ‘By now, it seems we’ve heard everything there is to hear about the mysterious … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Products / Burkina Faso / CGIAR / Chad / Drylands / East Africa / Eritrea / Ethiopia / Geodata / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / Mali / Niger / Nigeria / Pastoralism / Pro-Poor Livestock / Report / Senegal / SLS / Somalia / South Sudan / Sudan / Tanzania / Uganda / West Africa

New analyses highlight the extent of livestock production in Africa’s drylands

Typical long-horned goats of Abergelle Amhara, Ethiopia (photo credit: ILRI/Zerihun Sewunet). ‘Quantitative information on the importance of livestock systems in African drylands is scarce. A new study by Tim Robinson, of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and Giulia Conchedda, of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), helps to redress this. The study … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Products / Burkina Faso / CGIAR / Chad / Drylands / East Africa / Eritrea / Ethiopia / Geodata / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / Mali / Niger / Nigeria / Pastoralism / Pro-Poor Livestock / Report / Senegal / SLS / Somalia / South Sudan / Sudan / Tanzania / Uganda / West Africa

African drylands: Livestock demand and supply

ILRI’s Tim Robinson maps the changing demand for livestock products and associated changes in production that will be required to meet future demand in African drylands. Continue reading

Dairying / Environment / Mali / Research / West Africa

Assessing the efficiency of extensive livestock systems in harsh environments

The livestock sector will need to provide meat and milk for a growing population, while at the same time limiting its environmental impacts. A recent policy brief from CIRAD shows that extensive dairy systems in Mali can be more efficient than intensive systems in Reunion Island, and just as efficient as semi-intensive systems in western France. Continue reading

Africa / Animal Breeding / ASSP / Cattle / Gambia / ILRI / Indigenous Breeds / Livestock / LIVESTOCKFISH / Report / West Africa

Improving the N’Dama cattle breeding program of The Gambia

This document by Karen Marshall and Leo Dempfle was released by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in December 2013. The document is designed to assist countries involved in the project ‘Sustainable Management of Globally Significant Endemic Ruminant Livestock in West Africa’ (PROGEBE)’ to develop plans for N’Dama cattle within their breed improvement programs, following the 3-tier … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Animal Breeding / Animal Production / ASSP / Cattle / ILRI / Indigenous Breeds / Livestock / LIVESTOCKFISH / Report / West Africa

Guidelines to plan animal breeding programs in West Africa

This ILRI project report by Karen Marshall is designed to assist partners of the project ‘Sustainable management of globally significant endemic ruminant livestock in West Africa (PROGEBE)’ in structuring the plans behind their national-level animal breeding programs. It, however, will also be useful to others documenting breeding plans for developing country livestock production systems, outside of this specific project. Continue reading

Animal Diseases / Animal Production / ASF / CBPP / Epidemiology / Livestock / Nigeria / PIM / PPR / Trypanosomiasis / West Africa

Estimating the financial costs of animal disease burden, morbidity and mortality in Nigeria

Nigeria’s agriculture sector generates one-third of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employs two-thirds of the workforce. Its recent growth dominates Nigerian non-oil economic growth. Small-scale, semi-commercial farms, settled agricultural households and transhumant pastoralists dominate production. Livestock is the second largest agricultural subsector and features 16.43 million cattle, 34.69 million sheep, 55.15 million goats, 7.18 … Continue reading