Monthly Archives: November 2014

Successes and failures with animal nutrition practices and technologies in developing countries

ABSTRACT During the last four decades a number of animal-nutrition-based technologies and practices have been developed and used in developing countries, with varying degrees of success. Some technologies have produced profound beneficial effects and have been widely used; while others … Continue reading

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Insect meal has potential as a future animal feed, FAO study finds

Livestock production is resource hungry: it occupies 75 percent of all agricultural land, including crop and pasture land, and consumes 8 percent of global human water use, mainly for the irrigation of feed crops. Source: http://www.fao.org “Insects have many advantages … Continue reading

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Using Gamification to improve knowledge of Agriculture in Africa – Farm Defenders #ICT4Ag

Originally posted on Kalu Samuel's Blog:
In recent times gamification has been used to learn new skills, however I always thought improving knowledge of Agriculture in Africa using gamification is not possible until I played the Farm Defenders game.…

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New project to boost yam production in West Africa – Press releases – IITA

31 October 2014 Smallholder farmers in the main yam-growing areas of West Africa will benefit from a new project that aims to develop new varieties of this crucial staple crop and enhance yam breeding capabilities and partnerships in the region.. … Continue reading

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Five ways to do better business with Africa’s small-scale farmers

Insight into business in Africa Source: http://www.howwemadeitinafrica.com See on Scoop.it – Food Policy, Supply, Security & Safety

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Safe and fair food for informal markets: A food safety impact narrative

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
In most developing countries, food-borne diseases are a major cause of sickness and death. Whilst many countries acknowledge food safety is a major problem, there is little up-to-date, comprehensive information on food safety issues at…

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Foreign investment in developing country agriculture – evidence for inclusivity

Originally posted on One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World?:
Evidence that investing in agriculture in developing countries as a way of tackling poverty and hunger is growing. Given the sheer number of people working in the agricultural sector,…

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mNutrition – how mobile phones are improving nutrition

While many mothers in developing countries don’t have access to healthy foods, almost all of them have access to something else: a mobile phone Source: http://www.theguardian.com See on Scoop.it – Precision Agriculture

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Linking smallholder dairy farmers to modern value chains that respond to increasing urban demands in Africa

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food and nutritional security, increase prosperity … Continue reading

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ILRI researchers test communication approaches for optimizing informed consent processes

Originally posted on ILRI news:
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) aims to employ the highest standards in its research, including the ways it engages with partners and stakeholders. The institutional research ethics committee (IREC) provides oversight of this effort.…

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A major presentation on ‘the power of livestock’ to transform today’s resource-scarce agricultural lands

Originally posted on ILRI news:
A major presentation was made at a special side event at the Borlaug Dialogue, in Iowa, on 15 Oct 2014. The side event was hosted by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Bill…

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Apply: 2015 Global E-Learning Program in Post Harvest Technology

Originally posted on Kalu Samuel's Blog:
e-learning group PEF, Photo credit: PEF The postharvest training program will be launched in January 2015 by The Postharvest Education Foundation and have up to 40 young horticultural professionals currently working in developing…

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Livestock and Fish external evaluation update 5 – Comment on the draft report

Originally posted on CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish:
The draft report of the CRP-Commissioned External Evaluation of the Program’s Value Chain Approach is now available for comment (more information on this evaluation). Comments are open until 17 November…

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Dairy Camel ~ Transforming from Desert Ecosystem to Modern Farming

Originally posted on SUSTAINABLE FARMING FOR FOOD AND HEALTH:
The old world camels (Dromedary and Bactrian) are well adapted to the harsh (both cold extreme and hot extreme) and hostile (deserts with scarce water and feed availability) ecosystems of the…

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Who Gets The Money? On Helping Africa To Feed Itself – in the US.

Originally posted on Food (Policy) For Thought:
Philanthropy is an interesting concept. Here is one person, or a board of people, with more money to distribute than small nations have budgets. If they choose to concentrate on a topic, their…

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4 frustrating agriculture messages we need to fix

Beef Runner Lately I have been involved in (and observing) some frustrating conversations. We have so many systems at play in the world of agriculture right now, and people are fighting tooth and nail to gain an edge on the competition. … Continue reading

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Freie Universität seeks research assistant/PhD candidate to work on live vaccines against Theileriosis

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Department of Veterinary Medicine Institute for Parasitology and Tropical Veterinary Medicine Research assistant – PhD candidate 50% Entgeltgruppe 13 TV–L FU For a limited period of 3 years, starting as soon as possible The Institute for…

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