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

Sweet success: Sweetpotato (and sweet livestock feed) take the limelight today at Iowa’s World Food Prize ceremony
Animal Feeding / Article / ASSP / CGIAR / Crop residues / East Africa / Event report / Feeds / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Pigs / Project / Uganda

Sweet success: Sweetpotato (and sweet livestock feed) take the limelight today at Iowa’s World Food Prize ceremony

This project is integrating sweetpotato feed into small-scale pig production systems, demonstrating to Uganda’s smallholder farmers three benefits of sweetpotato silage: increased pig productivity, affordable costs and labour savings. ILRI’s role in this project is to better understand pig feeding practices in Uganda, to investigate options for making sweetpotato silage, and to assess the economic viability of sweetpotato silage as pig feed, including the willingness of Ugandan farmers to pay for the silage. Continue reading

A4NH / AMR / Article / Chickens / Consumption / Food Safety / FSZ / Health / ILRI / Intensification / Pigs

New publication warns of rising use of antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs in farm animals

Delia Grace, a veterinary epidemiologist colleague of Robinson’s at ILRI, was recently asked by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to write a paper, now under external review, on antimicrobial resistance linked to agriculture. Continue reading

Animal Production / Article / Cattle / Geodata / ILRI / Pigs / Poultry / SLS

Where do the world’s cattle, chickens, pigs live? Check out these cool maps (sheep and goats coming)

This articles describes a fascinating set of 2014 maps available on a Livestock Geo-Wiki maintained by a multi-partner collaboration led by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB-LUBIES). Here you’ll find regularly revised and updated global maps of livestock distributions and production systems. Continue reading

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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

Animal Diseases / Animal Health / ASF / BecA / Disease Control / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Pigs / Project / Uganda

Organizations join forces to fight African swine fever

Inspecting a pig’s health in Busia, western Kenya (photo credit: ILRI/Charlie Pye-Smith). ‘Occurrence of African swine fever (ASF) was reported in almost half of the countries that make up the African continent in 2012. This transboundary animal disease (TAD) can have a powerful negative impact on a nation’s economy and social structures. It causes major … Continue reading