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Addressing Africa’s deteriorating food security should be Africa’s top priority—World Bank
Africa / Agriculture / Article / Climate Change / Food Security / Policy / Research

Addressing Africa’s deteriorating food security should be Africa’s top priority—World Bank

World Bank/Brookings report: ‘A key priority for Africa over the next decade should be to address a deteriorating food security situation that is compounded by the effects of climate change, declining agricultural productivity, and rapid population and urbanization growth.’ Continue reading

What changes in temperature mean for Africa’s tsetse fly
Africa / Agri-Health / Article / Climate Change / Disease Control / Trypanosomiasis / Zimbabwe

What changes in temperature mean for Africa’s tsetse fly

Future strategies to get rid of tsetse flies from Africa, which transmit disease in livestock and people, will need to take into account the effects of changing climates. My colleagues and I conducted research examining the impact of changes in temperature on the tseste fly. Continue reading

The meat wars: A backlash is occurring on the backlash to meat dietary recommendations published late last year
Advocacy / Agri-Health / Animal Products / Consumption / Diet / Nutrition / Science paper

The meat wars: A backlash is occurring on the backlash to meat dietary recommendations published late last year

On 19 Nov 2019, guidelines were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine that caused a backlash, and now a backlash on the backlash is occurring. The abstract to the original 2019 Annals article, titled Unprocessed red meat and processed meat consumption: Dietary guideline recommendations from the Nutritional Recommendations (NutriRECS) Consortium, had the following results and recommendations to report. Continue reading

Inalienable imperative—More, and more sustainable, meat, milk, eggs and fish for more than one billion people
Advocacy / Agri-Health / AMR / Animal Products / Climate Change / Consumption / Diet / Environment / Fish / Food Security / GHG emissions / ILRI / Nutrition / Policy / Pro-Poor Livestock / Science paper / Vulnerability

Inalienable imperative—More, and more sustainable, meat, milk, eggs and fish for more than one billion people

A new scientific article from the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems has four big messages: (1) Meat, offal, milk, eggs and fish are vital to—and missing from—the diets of nearly 800 million people. (2) ‘Animal-sourced foods’ are the best sources of high-quality nutrient-rich food for toddlers 6–23-months old. (3) The harms caused by livestock and animal-sourced foods to human and planetary health are overstated. (4) Sustainable development must address the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world. Continue reading

On why the EAT-Lancet’s ‘Great Food Transformation’ will require a ‘Great Economic Transformation’—and more
Consumption / Diet / Nutrition / Policy / Science paper

On why the EAT-Lancet’s ‘Great Food Transformation’ will require a ‘Great Economic Transformation’—and more

A new paper by scientists at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Tufts University analyses the costs of adopting the ‘universal reference diet’ recommended for both human and planetary health by the EAT-Lancet Commission (Willett et al., Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT–Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems, 16 Jan 2019). Such a diet, report the paper’s authors, is beyond the means—indeed, it exceeds the total household per capita incomes—of more than one and a half billion people today. Continue reading

Thursday Links (November/December 2019)
Advocacy / Aflatoxins / Africa / Agriculture / Article / Cattle / ILRIComms / Livestock matters / Research

Thursday Links (November/December 2019)

A monthly round-up of recent articles, blog postings and tweets about livestock, aid and other topics that may be of interest to International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) staff and partners, compiled by David Aronson. (This is a dual month issue of Thursday Links in anticipation of the December holidays.) This is a good long-form article … Continue reading

Deadline for submitting abstracts for the Joint International Grassland/Rangeland Congress extended to 23 Dec 2019
Animal Feeding / Animal Health / Animal Production / Biodiversity / Communications / Directorate / Event / ILRI / Kenya / Pastoralism / Rangelands / SLS

Deadline for submitting abstracts for the Joint International Grassland/Rangeland Congress extended to 23 Dec 2019

The deadline for submissions for papers and posters for the Joint International Grassland and International Rangeland Congress, to be held 24–30 Oct 2020, in Nairobi, Kenya, has been extended to 23rd December 2019. Submit your abstracts for posters and oral presentations and proposals for concurrent panel sessions through the congress website. The next Joint International … Continue reading

Tropical agriculture conference takes unexpected turn: Toward optimism
Agriculture / Australia / Communications / News clipping / Research / Roundup

Tropical agriculture conference takes unexpected turn: Toward optimism

The future of livestock in the developing world was one of the principal themes at the third International Tropical Agriculture (TropAg) Conference held from 11-13 November 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. The conference focused on the challenge of feeding the world’s ever-growing population, which is expected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050. The greatest challenges will … Continue reading