Ephraim Mukisira appointed chair of Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa board
Africa / Agriculture / Article / ILRI / Livestock / Partnerships / Research

Ephraim Mukisira appointed chair of Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa board

Ephraim Mukisira, a distinguished agricultural researcher and former director (2005–2014) of the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), now the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation, has been appointed chair of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) Board of Directors. Continue reading

How agriculture changes our climate—New primer from Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment
Agriculture / Article / Climate Change / Communications / CRP7

How agriculture changes our climate—New primer from Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment

The following is an unusually sane and well communicated multimedia primer on the sustainability of the global food system. Food Matters, republished here in full with permission, is published by the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. Continue reading

African livestock and agriculture departments promote new Kenya Livestock Insurance Programme (KLIP)
Article / Drought / Drylands / East Africa / ILRI / Insurance / Kenya / LSE / Pastoralism / Rangelands / Vulnerability

African livestock and agriculture departments promote new Kenya Livestock Insurance Programme (KLIP)

Vincent Ngari and Richard Githaiga of the Departments of Livestock and Agriculture, while making presentations during the Technical Workshop on Agriculture Index Insurance at the College of Insurance, Nairobi, on Friday, advised farmers to take up the new Kenya Livestock Insurance Programme (KLIP). Continue reading

Why Melinda and Bill Gates are betting big on chickens (hint: ‘the ATM of the poor’)
ABS / ACGG / Animal Breeding / Article / Chickens / CRP37 / Ethiopia / Film and video / Genetics / ILRI / Interview / LiveGene / Livelihoods / Nigeria / Opinion piece / Poultry / Pro-Poor Livestock / Tanzania / Women

Why Melinda and Bill Gates are betting big on chickens (hint: ‘the ATM of the poor’)

Our foundation is betting on chickens. Alongside partners throughout sub-Saharan Africa, we are working to create sustainable market systems for poultry. It’s especially important for these systems to make sure farmers can buy birds that have been properly vaccinated and are well suited to the local growing conditions. Our goal: to eventually help 30 percent of the rural families in sub-Saharan Africa raise improved breeds of vaccinated chickens, up from just 5 percent now. . . . Continue reading

Out of Africa genetics: How the giraffe got its long neck (and other biological curiosities and exuberances)
ABS / Africa / Article / BecA / Genetics / ILRI / Wildlife

Out of Africa genetics: How the giraffe got its long neck (and other biological curiosities and exuberances)

Morris Agaba’s newest passion is the molecular genetics of the giraffe, specifically the genes responsible for the animal’s impossibly long neck and legs—and the highly adaptive cardiovascular system this animal has evolved to manage its formidable biological obstacles. Continue reading