Agriculture / Directorate / Event / Livestock / Livestock Systems / LIVESTOCKFISH / Tanzania

Livestock minister emphasizes fish farming at ILRI-Tanzania office opening

The Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Development in Tanzania, Hon Titus Mlengeya (MP), has requested the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) to work more closely with Tanzanian research institutions to develop appropriate technologies for fish farming in the country. The request was made at the official opening of the ILRI-Tanzania office on 13 Jun 2014 in Dar es Salaam. Continue reading

Africa / Animal Diseases / Biotechnology / Directorate / Disease Control / ECF / ILRI / ILRIComms / ILVAC / LIVESTOCKFISH / Opinion piece / USA / Vaccines

Vaccine cliff-hanger (‘parasite page-turner’) on Gates’ blog

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation blog, Impatient Optimists, is running a piece about ‘an unusual story . . . unfolding in Africa, where the battle against a cattle-killing disease called East Coast fever is quickly becoming a cliff-hanger.’ The article is written by Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), … Continue reading

Directorate / Film and video / Food Security / ILRI / ILRIComms / LIVESTOCKFISH / Nutrition / Policy / Presentation / Pro-Poor Livestock

Three short strategic films from livestock institute chart ways forward for ‘better lives through livestock’

‘This video from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), features ILRI director general Jimmy Smith talking on the role of livestock in the global development agenda. ‘The 13 minute film points out that 4 of the top 5 agricultural commodities by value are livestock, and that in Africa, 4 of the top 10 agricultural commodities are … Continue reading

Agriculture / Animal Production / Australia / Directorate / Food Security / ILRI / ILRIComms / Intensification / Interview / Pro-Poor Livestock

Supporting the world’s smallholder livestock keepers can increase food supplies while reducing absolute poverty

A young boy in Kenya feeds his family’s improved dairy cows (photo credit: East Africa Dairy Development project). ‘The head of the global livestock research centre (ILRI) in Kenya says smallholder farmers will be essential in providing the animal protein needed to feed nine billion people by 2050. ‘Dr Jimmy Smith’s comments are in response … Continue reading

Agriculture / Australia / Climate Change / Directorate / ILRI / ILRIComms / Interview

Why small-scale farmers and livestock keepers should be the focus of the global food security agenda–Jimmy Smith

A cow grazes in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region of Ethiopia (photo credit: ILRI/Kettema Yilma). More than a thousand delegates are attending the International Grassland Congress in Sydney, Australia, this week, a meeting that only takes place every four years. Giving the opening keynote presentation on Mon 16 Sep 2013 was Jimmy Smith … Continue reading

Australia / Directorate / Food Security / ILRI / ILRIComms / Nutrition / Policy / Presentation / Pro-Poor Livestock

ILRI’s Jimmy Smith interviewed in Australia at International Grasslands Congress today

The world’s small-scale farmers and livestock keepers can be a large part of the solution to feeding the world sustainably to 2050. This was the message yesterday (16 Sep 2013) of Jimmy Smith, who opened the International Grasslands Congress in Sydney this week. Australia’s ABC News interviewed Smith earlier today about his presentation. Sample tweets … Continue reading

Agriculture / CGIAR

Jimmy Smith and Frank Rijsberman speak out at FARA’s Africa Agriculture Science Week

ILRI director general Jimmy Smith (left) confers with Kanayo Nwanze, president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) at the 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW6), in Accra, Ghana, 15–20 Jul 2013, organized by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) (photo credit: ILRI/Paul Karaimu). During the just-concluded sixth Africa Agriculture Science Week … Continue reading

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Invest in Africa’s fast-growing livestock sector: The time is now, says ILRI’s Jimmy Smith

Florence Chepkirui, a blind dairy farmer in Saoset village in Kenya’s Bomet District (photo credit: ILRI/Paul Karaimu). The director general of the International Livestock Institute (ILRI) has called for significant investments in the development of Africa’s livestock sector, which he said is rapidly growing. Jimmy Smith told the told participants of a recent three-day Africa … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Breeding / Biotechnology / Film and video / Genetics / ILRI / Indigenous Breeds / Interview / LiveGene

Saving the world’s genetic wealth: Scientists in Kenya propose plans for first livestock genebank

The indigenous, worm-resistant (and non-wool-producing) red Maasai sheep of East Africa (photo credit: ILRI). SciDevNet reports on a ‘livestock genebank’ that’s needed to help conserve breeds and populations of farm animals, especially the wealth of diversity remaining in Africa and other developing regions, that are fast being eroded through cross-breeding and importations of exotic stock. … Continue reading

A4NH / Agri-Health / Disease Control / Emerging Diseases / Human Health / ILRI / Kenya / Zoonotic Diseases

As livestock farming intensifies in poor countries, so can livestock–and livestock-to-human–diseases

The health of people and their farm animals in Kenya and other developing countries are closely linked (photo credit: ILRI/Charlie Pye-Smith). ‘While livestock contribute about 40 per cent of the value of agriculture and forms a crucial part of household wealth [in Kenya and many other developing countries], experts now say keeping animals is spreading … Continue reading