Monthly Archives: September 2016

Safe Food, Fair Food project research presented at tropical veterinary medicine conference

Originally posted on Safe Food, Fair Food:
Serving of fried pork and raw relishes in a pork joint in Kampala, Uganda (photo credit: ILRI/Martin Heilmann). Research findings from the Safe Food, Fair Food project were presented at the first joint…

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Opening Agricultural Data: Going Beyond Access

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
I recently participated in the GODAN Summit. What really struck me was that every speaker at the summit, especially those who spoke at the plenaries, recognised that “Open Data” is much more than opening…

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Facilitating market linkages—LIVES project approaches and lessons learned

Originally posted on LIVES-Ethiopia:
Taking a value chain approach is essential to the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Ethiopia, according to scientists working at International Livestock Research Institute project (ILRI). Making smallholder producers more aware of market opportunities will help…

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Poster highlight of LIVES approach to smallholder market oriented agricultural development

Originally posted on LIVES-Ethiopia:
This poster, prepared for the ILRI@40 series of events, gives an overview of the Livestock and Irrigation Value Chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project approaches and strategies as well as the project outputs from January 2013…

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Capacity development for market-oriented agricultural development

Originally posted on LIVES-Ethiopia:
Capacity development plays a critical enabling role in facilitating the adoption and scaling out of value chain development interventions and approaches by addressing attitudinal, knowledge and skills gaps in value chain actors, service providers and value…

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Bridging the knowledge and skills gaps: lessons from LIVES capacity development approaches

Originally posted on LIVES-Ethiopia:
by Mamusha Lemma   Throughout its activities in Ethiopia, the Livestock and Irrigation Value Chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project has used participatory processes to design capacity development interventions that assess the knowledge and skills gaps in value…

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World’s farmers unite to tackle antimicrobial resistance

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
By Marco Marzano de Marinis, Secretary General, World Farmers’ Organisation Antimicrobial resistance, often referred to as AMR, is an increasingly serious threat to global public health. As the international community is now on the way…

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Fostering food and nutrition security is key to sustainable development

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
? ? Food and nutrition security key to Africa’s development by Gilbert Nakweya  Fostering food and nutrition security is key to sustainable development. But access to high quality seeds from research and development by smallholder farmers…

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Gender Dilemmas in Sustainable Development

Originally posted on Food Governance:
The Wageningen University Gender & Diversity working group presents a lunch-time lecture on Gender Dilemmas in Sustainable Development by Dr Wendy Harcourt Date: Wednesday, October 12 Time: 12:30-13:30 Place: C68, de Leeuwenborch, Wageningen ? ? Wendy Harcourt…

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Writing about food security solutions

Originally posted on Food Governance:
Last week we launched a Special Issue of the journal Solutions. The issue featured solutions to food security problems, as proposed by younger scholars. Writing about solutions is much more difficult than it sounds, at least…

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IN MY DESERTIFICATION LIBRARY: BOOK NR. 36

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
? Agriculture, food and nutrition for Africa (FAO 1997) Posted by Prof. Dr. Willem VAN COTTHEM Ghent University – Belgium Having participated in all the meetings of the INCD (1992-1994) and all the meetings of the UNCCD-COP,…

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What was the impact of dairy goats distributed by the crop-goat project in Tanzania?

Originally posted on ILRI policies, instititions and livelihoods program:
In Tanzania most goat production is extensive and aimed at selling live animals with limited direct impact on food security and nutrition. The Crop and Goat Project (CGP), implemented in Kongwa…

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Resistance in action in the Mayan region: “NO to GMO’s”

Originally posted on Rural Sociology Wageningen University:
Mayan women in a concert of the Ma OGM campaign. Source maria Boa August 18 María del Refugio Boa Alvarado successfully defended her MSc-thesis ‘Resistance in Action; Mobilization of Mayan beekeepers against GM…

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As last defenses begin to fail, UN declares antibiotic resistance ‘the greatest and most urgent global risk’

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Scanning electron micrograph of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria (yellow, round items) killing and escaping from a human white cell (via Flickr/NIAID). ‘An extraordinary gathering at the United Nations on September 21 may have permanently…

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The Future of Fish: Incomes, Nutrition and Global Security

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
Bumbang Bay, Indonesia Melissa Benn, Associate at the Agriculture and Food Security Practice at Chemonics International, prepared this article for the September 2016 issue of WFO’s F@rmletter. Why focus on fish? Aquaculture is on the rise globally, and…

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ILRI presents at inaugural regional conference on zoonotic diseases in eastern Africa

Originally posted on AgHealth:
Farming scene in the highlands of Ethiopia (photo credit: ILRI/Apollo Habtamu). ? Zoonotic diseases, or zoonoses, are diseases that can be passed from animals to people. Nearly two-thirds of emerging infectious diseases affecting people are zoonotic…

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Limiting use of antibiotics in livestock production to stem growing antimicrobial resistance in human pathogens

Originally posted on ILRI news:
A woman in Uganda lets her chickens out to forage during the day (via Flickr by Jennifer Wilmore/Bread for the World). A commentary published in The Lancet last month supporting a series of five papers…

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Managing the most nutritious, and riskiest, foods in the informal markets of developing countries

Originally posted on ILRI news:
A Nairobi butcher shop after nightfall (photo credit: Flickr/Hendrik Terbeck). A new book compiling 25 contemporary studies on food safety in Africa’s informal markets offers (surprising) lessons for much of the developing world. In case you…

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Towards professionalizing—not criminalizing—informal sellers of milk and meat in poor countries

Originally posted on ILRI news:
Transporting fresh milk by motorcycle in Tanzania (photo credit: ILRI/Ben Lukuyu). ‘. . . Researchers from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and partners have developed and piloted an institutional innovation—a training, certification and branding scheme…

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Improving food safety and human health through agricultural research: CGIAR future plans

Originally posted on ILRI news:
Tanzanian boy with large jug of fresh milk (photo credit: East African Dairy Development project). A useful summary of the future plans of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH), led…

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Building a sustainable future: A history of conservation agriculture in southern Africa

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
Drought is increasingly common in Malawi, leaving an estimated 3 million people in need of urgent humanitarian food assistance this year alone. However, more than 400 farmers and their families in Malaka, Southern Malawi,…

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UN OFFICIAL URGES FOCUS ON RURAL DEVELOPMENT TO LIFT MILLIONS OUT OF POVERTY

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
New York, Feb 22 2012  1:05PM A top United Nations official today <“http://www.ifad.org/media/press/2012/13.htm”>committed to pull up to 90 million people out of poverty by 2015 and help small farmers and all those in rural areas to…

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The critical role of smallholder farmers and rural people

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
Photo credit: Google The programme, “Accelerating Progress Toward the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women IFAD Note Highlights Role of Rural Transformation in Achieving Post-2015 Agenda Smallholder farmers and rural people can play a critical role in…

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How to transform rural areas so that development is not only inclusive but also socially, economically and environmentally sustainable

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
? Read the full story: IFAD Fostering inclusive rural transformation Today IFAD launches Rural Development Report 2016: Fostering inclusive rural transformation. It is IFAD’s flagship publication bringing together leading thinkers to analyse lessons learnt from experiences across…

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Joint Press Release – 2nd Pacific Agribusiness Forum

Originally posted on Brussels Development Briefings:
JOINT PRESS RELEASE 2nd PACIFIC AGRIBUSINESS FORUM LINKING THE AGRIFOOD SECTOR TO THE LOCAL MARKETS FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH AND IMPROVED FOOD AND NUTRITION SECURITY Organised by PIPSO, CTA, IFAD, SPC and SPTO The 2nd…

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Next Brussels Briefing 46: “Agribusiness development in SIDs: the potential of tourism-related markets”

Originally posted on Brussels Development Briefings:
The next Brussels Development Briefing n.46 on the subject of “Agribusiness development in SIDs: the potential of tourism-related markets” will be held in Brussels at 09:00-13:00 on 21st September 2016 at the ACP Secretariat (Avenue Georges Henri 451, 1200 Brussels).…

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FAO welcomes historic commitment to end hunger in Africa by 2025 / Challenge is to transform vision into reality, Director-General says

Originally posted on Database of Press Releases related to Africa – APO-Source:
  FAO welcomes historic commitment to end hunger in Africa by 2025 / Challenge is to transform vision into reality, Director-General says   ROME, Italy, February 2, 2014/African…

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Africa Cup of Nations to rally support for home-grown efforts to end hunger / FAO and CAF kick off “African Football against Hunger”

Originally posted on Database of Press Releases related to Africa – APO-Source:
  Africa Cup of Nations to rally support for home-grown efforts to end hunger / FAO and CAF kick off “African Football against Hunger”   ROME, Italy, January…

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Four new Africa Solidarity Trust Fund projects will benefit 24 countries / Activities reflect African priorities, including youth employment and nutrition

Originally posted on Database of Press Releases related to Africa – APO-Source:
  Four new Africa Solidarity Trust Fund projects will benefit 24 countries / Activities reflect African priorities, including youth employment and nutrition   MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, June 26,…

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First six countries to benefit from Africa-led fund / Africa Solidarity Trust Fund to support ongoing efforts to eradicate hunger, reduce malnutrition and poverty

Originally posted on Database of Press Releases related to Africa – APO-Source:
  First six countries to benefit from Africa-led fund / Africa Solidarity Trust Fund to support ongoing efforts to eradicate hunger, reduce malnutrition and poverty   TUNIS, Tunisia,…

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African trust fund for food security becomes reality / Equatorial Guinea provides first contribution of $30 million for “Africa for Africa” anti-hunger pool

Originally posted on Database of Press Releases related to Africa – APO-Source:
    African trust fund for food security becomes reality / Equatorial Guinea provides first contribution of $30 million for “Africa for Africa” anti-hunger pool   ROME, Italy,…

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Japan Steps up Support to Fight Hunger and Boost Nutrition in Africa

Originally posted on Database of Press Releases related to Africa – APO-Source:
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a US$21.6 million cash contribution from the Government of Japan to provide vital food and nutrition assistance to the…

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Impacts of value chain development on smallholder women dairy farmers in India

Originally posted on ILRI policies, instititions and livelihoods program:
In the run up to the Livestock and Fish gender working group meeting in Addis Ababa in October 2013, ILRI agro-economist Jo Cadilhon shares some ideas on the importance of gender…

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Call for papers: policies for gender-equitable participation in dairy value chains in Sub-Saharan Africa

Originally posted on ILRI policies, instititions and livelihoods program:
On 21-24 September 2014, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) together with the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) will host an African Dairy Value Chain Seminar. The…

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AGRF session on transforming dairy value chains in Africa: Pathways to prosperity

Originally posted on ILRI policies, instititions and livelihoods program:
On 8 September 2016, the International Livestock Research Institute and partners held a working session at the 2016 African Green Revolution Forum on transforming dairy value chains in Africa: Pathways to…

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IN MY DESERTIFICATION LIBRARY: BOOK NR. 31

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? ? Nutrition and Food Production in the Congo Basin (2014) Posted by Prof. Dr. Willem VAN COTTHEM Ghent University – Belgium Having participated in all the meetings of the INCD (1992-1994) and all the meetings of…

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Tropentag workshop: Empowering livestock and fish smallholders through multi-stakeholder platforms and value chains

Originally posted on CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish:
On 19 September 2016, ’empowering livestock and fish smallholders through multi-stakeholder platforms and value chains’  is the focus of a Livestock and Fish research program workshop at the Tropentag 2016…

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Hundreds of Millions Face Health Risk as Water Pollution Rises Across Three Continents

Originally posted on Database of Press Releases related to Africa – APO-Source:
· Pathogen and organic pollution rises in more than 50% of river stretches in Africa, Asia and Latin America · Asia hit hardest by rise in severe pathogen…

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Taking Camel Milk is a Way to Flush Your Body Clean of Toxins While Making You Strong and Shining

Originally posted on Natural Health with the Camel Milk:
A gift of nature and gold of desert, the camel milk (CM) is miraculously proving as a superfood and natural flush. Because of the appreciable level and unique combination of nutrients…

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Stronger together: unlocking Africa’s food production potential — THE GFAR BLOG

Originally posted on Small Scaled Farmers and the pastoralists are the backbones of animal agriculture. They play a pivotal role not only in producing quality food item but also conserving the genetic resources as well as nature for the next generations. Contrast to the factory farming small scaled farming and pastoralism do not use (up to their level best) pesticides and chemical fertilizers etc. They do not harm the nature by the blind use of inputs like energy and water. They are the custodians of the genes and nature.:
Africa is developing fast. Growing economies, burgeoning middle classes and a booming technology industry are all…

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World Water Week seminar highlights the role of livestock in sustainable agriculture

Originally posted on AgHealth:
Fishermen and Sahelian goats by the Niger River, in Segou, Mali (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann). World Water Week in Stockholm is organized annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute and brings together experts from around the world…

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One million seedlings of economic trees, free to people in Sokoto (Nigeria)

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
? Photo credit: The Union Governor Tambuwal planting a tree to flag off this year’s tree planting campaign in Sokoto. Photo: Sokoto Govt House Desertification: Sokoto To Plant 1m Trees Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State said,…

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