Why foodborne disease is becoming a development priority—and is a solvable problem
A4NH / Advocacy / Agri-Health / AHH / Food Safety / Health / ILRI / Opinion piece

Why foodborne disease is becoming a development priority—and is a solvable problem

In the past, foodborne disease was rarely seen as a development priority. This all changed when WHO published the first assessment of the global burden of foodborne disease. Covering just 31 hazards, the study found the health burden was comparable to that of HIV-AIDS, malaria or tuberculosis. Continue reading

‘Leakey pipeline’ for women scientists stands the test of time
Agriculture / Article / Food Security / Gender / Research / Women

‘Leakey pipeline’ for women scientists stands the test of time

The report by the publisher Elsevier found that despite their moderate advances, women still published fewer articles than men, and were much less likely to be listed as first or last authors on a paper. Citation rates, however, were roughly equal: although female authors were cited slightly less than male authors, work authored by women was downloaded at slightly higher rates. Continue reading

Kenya Government launches insurance program to protect its northern frontier herders against catastrophic drought
Article / Drought / Drylands / East Africa / ILRI / Insurance / Kenya / LIVESTOCKFISH / Pastoralism / SLS / Vulnerability

Kenya Government launches insurance program to protect its northern frontier herders against catastrophic drought

Fred Segor, principal secretary in Kenya’s State Department of Livestock in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and member of the board of trustees of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), which is based in Kenya, recently announced that a large government-sponsored livestock insurance scheme would begin being implemented this October in Wajir, Turkana and Marsabit at a cost of Kshs80.9 million (about USD800,000). Segor said the cover would be escalated to cover 14 of Kenya’s northern counties, targeting 5,000 households in the short term, to help them cope with recurring drought. Continue reading

Article / Drought / Drylands / East Africa / Ethiopia / Kenya / Pastoralism / Resilience / Uganda / Vulnerability

New World Bank funds target Ethiopian pastoralists in IGAD project

The World Bank has proved an additional credit of $US75 million to improve the livelihoods and resilience of pastoralists in the Horn of Africa. The funds will help to strengthen the organizational capacity of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD). Continue reading

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New analyses highlight the extent of livestock production in Africa’s drylands

Typical long-horned goats of Abergelle Amhara, Ethiopia (photo credit: ILRI/Zerihun Sewunet). ‘Quantitative information on the importance of livestock systems in African drylands is scarce. A new study by Tim Robinson, of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and Giulia Conchedda, of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), helps to redress this. The study … Continue reading