Appolinaire Djikeng, of BecA-ILRI Hub, appointed director of leading tropical livestock centre
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Appolinaire Djikeng, of BecA-ILRI Hub, appointed director of leading tropical livestock centre

Appolinaire Djikeng has been appointed director of the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health, a partnership between the University of Edinburgh, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and ILRI. Continue reading

Science: The fuel for human progress—by Bill Gates
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Science: The fuel for human progress—by Bill Gates

The following remarks are excerpted from an opinion piece written by Bill Gates and published on his Gates Notes blog. ‘The first promise of any good politician is to make people’s lives better, and scientific research leading to innovation is one of the best ways to honor that promise . . . .’ Continue reading

Measuring greenhouse gas emissions of diverse livestock systems is a first step in shrinking carbon ‘hoofprints’
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Measuring greenhouse gas emissions of diverse livestock systems is a first step in shrinking carbon ‘hoofprints’

We can shrink the carbon footprint of livestock, but we need to properly measure their emissions first. Opinion piece written by Polly Ericksen. Continue reading

The ‘big bet’ on chickens for Africa
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The ‘big bet’ on chickens for Africa

The African Chicken Genetic Gains project is on a mission to bring ‘more productive chickens to African smallholders’. Led by ILRI, and backed by the deep pockets of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the African Chicken Genetic Gains project aims to improve the genetic makeup of African chickens. The initiative, which is initially being rolled out in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania, is part of what the Microsoft founder has called his ‘big bet’ on chickens, which also includes a promise to donate 100,000 of the birds to families and communities in the world’s poorest nations. . . . Continue reading

If Africa learnt to feed its chickens, it could feed its people—Calestous Juma
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If Africa learnt to feed its chickens, it could feed its people—Calestous Juma

‘Africa, which imports nearly 83% of the food it consumes, has a real chicken and egg problem. The continent is caught between pressure from imports in some countries and an inability to meet demand in others.’ Article by Calestous Juma republished from The Conversation. Continue reading

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

ILRI biosciences hub and vaccine development named global public goods by heads of BMGF and DFID
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ILRI biosciences hub and vaccine development named global public goods by heads of BMGF and DFID

Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), and Nick Hurd, international development minister for Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID), argue in the Guardian’s Global Development blog this month that the world needs to put science at the heart of development. Two of the examples of success that they cite are initiatives of ILRI. Continue reading

Goat business is big business in India’s Odisha State—Bishnupada Sethi
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Goat business is big business in India’s Odisha State—Bishnupada Sethi

Inaugurating a day-long seminar on Public-Private-Producer-Partnership for small ruminant development in Odisha, Sethi said consultations with experts, policy analysts and the cross-section of stakeholders including farmers are on to finalise the Odisha Small Animal Development Policy. Continue reading

New Tanzania project launched to curb disease transmission from consumption of bushmeat
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New Tanzania project launched to curb disease transmission from consumption of bushmeat

‘Members of communities that live in forests and depend on hunting for survival have been reported to be at risk because bush meat, widely used as their source of food, can be a source of deadly pathogens from wild animals to humans. The Arusha-based, Nelson Mandela University and the US Centre[s] for Disease Control have now entered into a project aimed at curbing the transmission of diseases from wild animals to human beings.’ Continue reading