Author Archives: Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with the Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, maiduguri as a lecture & a researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I am now the Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.

Experts review policy innovation to improve milk safety in informal markets

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A new research report (Oct 2020) by scientists from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) reviews the status and policy contexts of informal milk markets in Kenya,…

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Thesis opportunities | Foodscapes in times of uncertainty

Originally posted on Rural Sociology Wageningen University:
The CSPS Foodscapes cluster is looking for BSc and MSc students interested in researching emerging foodscapes in times of uncertainty.?? Covid-19 has displayed many of the vulnerabilities and externalities of our current corporate…

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7 Points that Convince you of Consuming the Camel Milk

The awareness and sensitivity are increasing about the different food items among the people. The people are turning from junk to the real and natural food. The camel milk (CaM) is one of the important natural foods, enriched with super … Continue reading

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The Best Probiotic? Fruits and Vegetables. – The Atlantic

The Best Probiotics An apple contains about 100 million bacteria—a more diverse range than any dietary supplement. JAMES HAMBLIN AUG 7, 2019 CHARLES PLATIAU / REUTERS In April, researchers at Tufts University posed a nutrition riddle. They compared people who took vitamin … Continue reading

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Camel Milk Provides Healthier Gut Microbiome

Where our Immune System is Generated? A strong and healthy immune system is now more critical than ever because of ever-increasing infections in our surroundings. There are many reasons for the widespread infections, mostly because of climate change. So need … Continue reading

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Lessons on tackling the growing risk of emerging infectious diseases in Africa

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As part of a special COVID-19 series by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Bernard Bett and Delia Randolph of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and John McDermott of IFPRI write on the growing…

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Food Security and Nutrition: Building a global narrative towards 2030 (NEW REPORT)

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The latest report of the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) on Food Security and Nutrition has just been released. Key messages from the Report are: i. There is an urgent need for strengthening and…

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Why the Camel Milk is Anti-Infectious or Immunity Booster?

Originally posted on Traditional Animal Genetic Resources for Food Security Under Climate Change Influence:
Camel is very unique and special creature, blessed with very unique charecteristics. As the camel is unique and incredible, the same are the products of camel,…

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New study sheds light on early intensification of smallholder backyard poultry farming systems

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Poultry production is an important contributor to the livelihoods of rural populations, especially in low- and middle-income countries. As poultry production in these countries remains dominated by backyard systems with low inputs and low outputs, considerable…

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Camel Milk and Addition of New Products to the Dairy Industry

Camel milk, in particular, is a very unique and healthy product with especially anti-allergic and anti-diabetic effects. Several studies have shown that camel milk has some therapeutic potential in both type-1 and type-2 Diabetes mellitus. – Dr Raziq via Camel … Continue reading

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Camel Milk Protein Posses Bioactive Peptides

Originally posted on Natural Health with the Camel Milk:
A medicine for Oxidative Stress Releated Diseases Understanding about camel milk is increasing and the latest studies are coming with very appealing results. A study about the milk proteins (Casein and…

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Food safety: How can consumers make a difference?

A food safety project in Ethiopia is exploring how consumer demand can contribute towards improving food safety in the country’s informal markets. Food safety: How can consumers make a difference?

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Food safety: How can consumers make a difference?

A food safety project in Ethiopia is exploring how consumer demand can contribute towards improving food safety in the country’s informal markets. Food safety: How can consumers make a difference?

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Food safety: How can consumers make a difference?

Originally posted on AgHealth:
African food systems are dominated by informal markets, typically open-air markets found at designated sites and street corners, which often have poor hygiene and are subject to limited or poor regulation. Occasionally there are calls for…

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EU Farm to Fork Strategy: Collective response from food sovereignty scholars

Originally posted on Food Governance:
On 20 May 2020 the European Commission (EC) released its new Farm to Fork (F2F) Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system. As scholars committed to supporting sustainable food system transformation, we commend…

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EU Farm to Fork Strategy: Collective response from food sovereignty scholarsby foodgovernance

https://widgets.wp.com/likes/index.html?ver=20190321# Despite the fact that “F2F Strategy does not go far enough to ensuring diverse, sustainable and just food systems for all in the EU” According to Retallack (2013) “Emerging evidence indicates that holistic management, aligned with agroecological principles, has … Continue reading

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How planting a garden can boost bees, local food and resilience during the coronavirus crisis… #Covid19 #nutritionalsecurity

With the arrival of spring, many people have been starting to think about how COVID-19 will impact the affordability and availability of fruits and vegetables in coming months, as shortages of both honeybees and migrant workers threaten crop pollination and the food that comes … Continue reading

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EU Proposes 2030 Goal to Reduce Pesticide Use by 50% and Increase Arable Land in Organic Production by At Least 17%

(Beyond Pesticides, May 26, 2020) Across the pond, the European Commission (EC) has announced plans to protect biodiversity and build a more sustainable food system, and identified the reduction of pesticide use  and the expansion of organic agriculture as pillars of the scheme. … Continue reading

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#Covid19: Deaths and Infections by Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) will continue to be LOW in Africa by Prof Marte

Contrary to the projections of World Health Organization (WHO) and Western Countries, Africa will not be devastated by COVID-19. The testing levels in Africa are far below those in Europe and USA which may be responsible for the low incidences. … Continue reading

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The FG €995m Agric MECHANISATION Facility To Help Nigeria Attained Food Security And Diversify Economy

Reduction of #PostHarvestLoss and Farmer education should take center stage of any form of sustainable investment in Agriculture “This is meant to tackle the primary issues of post-harvest losses commonly suffered by smallholder farmers as well as to domesticate efficient … Continue reading

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The relevance of agroecology, territorial solidarity and the right to food for the EU Farm to Fork Strategy

Originally posted on Food Governance:
On 14 May, the Nyéléni Food Sovereignty Movement in Europe and Central Asia (ECA) sent a letter to the Executive vice president of the European Commission (EC), Franz Timmermans, who is leading the European Green…

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How unintended consequences unraveled a legendary agricultural achievement

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THE WASHINGTON POST – By Erin Blakemore – April 18, 2020 – https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/how-unintended-consequences-unraveled-a-legendary-agricultural-achievement/2020/04/17/b62f0f04-7ff0-11ea-8013-1b6da0e4a2b7_story.html In the 1960s and 1970s, a single farm scientist became a public hero, credited with ending famine in much of the developing world. Norman Borlaug’s…

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Comparisons of organic and conventional agriculture need improvement, say researchers

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Phys. Org. – MARCH 18, 2020 – by Chalmers University of Technology – https://phys.org/news/2020-03-comparisons-conventional-agriculture.html The environmental effects of agriculture and food are hotly debated. But the most widely used method of analysis often tends to overlook vital…

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Access to water and improved water use efficiency are essential to reduce the vulnerability of rural communities to climate shocks in West Africa

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Water scarcity is one of the major challenges of the 21st century and drylands are the most affected, including West Africa. By News Ghana – Nov 4, 2019https://www.newsghana.com.gh/access-to-water-and-improved-water-use-efficiency-are-essential-to-reduce-the-vulnerability-of-rural-communities-to-climate-shocks-in-west-africa/ Dirty Water West Africa and the Sahel region is…

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Levels and trends in child malnutrition

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Source: UNICEF, WHO, World Bank Group joint malnutrition estimates, 2019 edition. Note: *Eastern Asia excluding Japan; **Oceania excluding Australia and New Zealand; ***Northern America sub-regional average based on United States data. There is no estimate available…

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The three main forms of malnutrition: under-nutrition, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and overweight and obesity (IRIN News)

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Read at : http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?reportid=93469 HEALTH: WHO malnutrition initiative GENEVA, 10 August 2011 (IRIN) – The World Health Organization has launched a web-based information system it hopes will help prevent millions of people from suffering various forms…

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Combating all forms of malnutrition (UN News)

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UN LAUNCHES WEB-BASED GUIDE TO HELP COMBAT ALL FORMS OF MALNUTRITION New York, Aug 10 2011  9:05AM The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today launched a web-based tool that gives governments and health-care providers access…

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Malnutrition: Tackling a major killer of under – 5s

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March 12, 2020  – ALI GARBA Ali – https://www.newtelegraphng.com/malnutrition-tackling-a-major-killer-of-under-5s/ Every year, about 20 million children under five years of age suffer severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and of these, about one million die annually in Africa. In…

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BOOK OUTLINES HOW AGRICULTURE CAN BE REVOLUTIONIZED, SUPPORTED BY NEW INTERNATIONAL BODIES

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ContactMike KringsKU News Service -Mon, 03/16/2020 – http://today.ku.edu/2020/03/04/book-outlines-how-agriculture-can-be-revolutionized-supported-new-international-bodies LAWRENCE —?Revolutionizing the way humans practice agriculture by implementing new practices supported by international bodies might sound like a radical idea. Yet it’s possible, according to a University…

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Shrinking Lake Chad could trigger humanitarian disaster (AfricaFiles / UN)

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Read at : AfricaFiles http://www.africafiles.org/article.asp?ID=22082 Lake Chad shrinking, could disappear Author: UN News Date Written: 15 October 2009 Primary Category: Ecology Document Origin: UN News Centre Secondary Category: Central Region Source URL: http://www.un.org Key Words: Chad,…

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‘Qatar taking steps to ensure food security’

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https://m.gulf-times.com/story/655801/Qatar-taking-steps-to-ensure-food-security QNA/ RomeThursday، 13 February 2020 01:30 AM Qatar is participating in the meetings of the 43rd session of the annual Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), held under the theme “Investing…

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13 new books and reports about the future of food

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By Michael SvobodaTuesday, November 26, 2019https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2019/11/13-new-books-and-reports-about-the-future-of-food/ The Fate of Food: What We’ll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World, by Amanda Little (Penguin Random House 2019, 352 pages, $27.00) Kiss the Ground: How the Food You Eat…

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A New Approach to Building a Food Secure Future: Summary of Findings from the IPCC Report on Land

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REPORT by Emily Weeksfrom Government of the United States of AmericaPublished on 03 Jan 2020https://reliefweb.int/report/world/new-approach-building-food-secure-future-summary-findings-ipcc-report-land The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released its new?Report on Climate Change and Land?and?Summary for Policy Makers. Prepared by over 100…

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Climate Change A Challenge To Food Security

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KNA January 28, 2020https://www.kenyanews.go.ke/climate-change-a-challenge-to-food-security/By  Joseph  Kamolo A climate outlook forum is underway in Mombasa to raise awareness about the use of climate services and to collectively address climate change adaptation and disaster risk management, in order to…

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How Climate Change contributes to insecurity in Nigeria, other African countries

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February 18, 2020 – https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/377470-how-climate-change-contributes-to-insecurity-in-nigeria-other-african-countries.html Cape Town — In this allAfrica explainer we delve into the relationship between climate change and conflict on the continent Levels of poverty, economic opportunities, and unemployment are key factors increasing…

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Nigeria, Niger, Chad move to rehabilitate Lake Chad basin

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Published September 15, 2019https://punchng.com/nigeria-niger-chad-move-to-rehabilitate-lake-chad-basin/ Nigeria, Niger and Chad are working on a joint trans-border agroecosystem project aimed at the restoration of livelihoods and rehabilitation of the Lake Chad Basin. Director-General, National Agency for the Great Green Wall,…

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UN reports rising numbers of hungry people worldwide

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Somali woman, Jul 2011 (via Flickr/IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation). 821 million people—one in nine people—are now hungry and over 150 million children are stunted, putting the ‘Zero Hunger’ SDG #2 at risk. ‘New evidence continues…

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Addressing Africa’s deteriorating food security should be Africa’s top priority—World Bank

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‘A key priority for Africa over the next decade should be to address a deteriorating food security situation that is compounded by the effects of climate change, declining agricultural productivity, and rapid population and urbanization…

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This is ‘Livestock Month’ on Agrilinks: USAID’s Andrew Bisson on sustainable livestock for sustainable development

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Andrew Bisson, livestock specialist for the Bureau for Food Security at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), introduces ‘Livestock Month’ by Agrilinks, USAID’s knowledge platform. ‘A warm welcome to the Agrilinks Livestock month!…

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On why the EAT-Lancet’s ‘Great Food Transformation’ will require a ‘Great Economic Transformation’—and more

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Illustration by Hiroko Yoshimoto. A new paper by scientists at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Tufts University analyses the costs of adopting the ‘universal reference diet’ recommended for both human and planetary…

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Inalienable imperative—More, and more sustainable, meat, milk, eggs and fish for more than one billion people

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
A new scientific article from the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems judiciously pushes back against some of the on-going anti-livestock rhetoric appearing in Western media. The new paper has four big messages:…

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Strengthening the resilience of small-scale farmers is critical to reversing the rise in hunger and ending poverty

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.:
Today, on the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, I wanted to step back…

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SHRINKING LAKE CHAD COULD TRIGGER HUMANITARIAN DISASTER (UNNews)

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Read at : UNNews SHRINKING LAKE CHAD COULD TRIGGER HUMANITARIAN DISASTER, UN AGENCY WARNS New York, Oct 15 2009 11:05AM Lake Chad, once one of the world’s largest water bodies, could disappear in 20 years due…

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Crisis affecting the Lake Chad basin countries, including Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.

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? Photo credit: UN NEWS CENTRE Attacks by Boko Haram and counter-insurgency measures in the Lake Chad Basin have displaced more than 2.5 million people in four countries. Credit: OCHA/Ivo Brandau Seven million people in Lake…

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Nigeria seeks more international support to tackle humanitarian crisis in Lake Chad Region

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10 Septembre http://www.faapa.info/nigeria-seeks-more-international-support-to-tackle-humanitarian-crisis-in-lake-chad-region/ Abuja (India), Sept. 10, 2019 (NAN) Nigeria has again appealed for more international support to confront the humanitarian disasters arising from drought, land degradation and desertification in the Lake Chad Basin Region. The Permanent…

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Researchers call for a gendered approach in strategies for community uptake of livestock vaccines

Originally posted on AgHealth:
The design of strategies for uptake of livestock vaccines by communities in East Africa should take into account that male and female farmers face different barriers in the uptake of the vaccines, a new research study…

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In Burundi, What Do Farmers and Food Waste Have in Common?

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July 30, 2019https://www.wfpusa.org/stories/farmersandfoodwasteinburundi/?fbclid=IwAR1CtJg8uPL7N10FtMRdh1fR0XHw5hs4qxslB_NgPQboLW6KsAmz9T3uYoo Burundi, February 2009 Sustainable Land Management project in Kayanza, in north Burundi. The project was implemented in 2007 through food-for-work. Nowadays WFP provides only technical assistance to the farmers. The terraced are is…

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Desertification in Nigeria (African Agriculture)

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 Read at :  http://africanagriculture.blogspot.com/search/label/desertification Friday, March 9, 2007 Farmers in northern Nigeria suffer the effects of desertification “A powerful article by Lanre Oyetade on the human causes and effects of desertification, featured in The Tribune :…

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Nigeria’s grazing crisis threatens the future of the nation

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Financial Times LAILA JOHNSON-SALAMI https://www.ft.com/content/a56ccf22-a331-11e9-a282-2df48f366f7d Ethnic Fulani herdsmen have moved their cattle to Nigeria’s middle belt region because of population growth and desertification in the north © AFP Please use the sharing tools found via the…

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PTF: The Forgotten #Livestock Dream by @AliyuTilde1

The Ruga controversy reminded me of Pastoral Development Project (PDP, incidentally) of the defunct Petroleum (Special) Trust Fund (PTF). Between 1996 and 1997 the PTF conceived the idea of rehabilitating our grazing reserves and livestock routes. It employed consultants to … Continue reading

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PRESS RELEASE: @NAFDACAgency RESPONDS TO THE ABUSE AND MISUSE OF SNIPER (100 ml) PACK SIZE AND OTHER BRANDS OF AGRICULTURAL FORMULATIONS OF DICHLORVOS PRODUCTS

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is gravely concerned about the recent trend in the abuse and misuse of 100ml of Sniper insecticide and other brands of Agricultural formulations of Dichlorvos to commit suicide. The … Continue reading

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Celebrating World Zoonoses Day with a focus on ILRI’s research on zoonotic diseases

Originally posted on AgHealth:
Taking sheep for disease testing in Bako, Ethiopia (photo credit: ILRI/Barbara Wieland). World Zoonoses Day is marked annually on 6 July to commemorate the day in 1885 when Louis Pasteur successfully administered the first vaccine against…

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CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health publishes 2018 annual report

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The CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) has published its 2018 annual report, highlighting program activities and research results from across A4NH’s five research flagships and five focus countries. These include: research…

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Development policy and practice – a case study in disruptive innovations

Originally posted on ILRI news:
By Eva Ohlsson and Boleslaw Stawicki  A disease that was supposed to have been preventable by vaccine recently reemerged as a major killer of chicks in Kenya, seriously damaging the livelihoods of countless smallholder farmers…

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On a frugal continent of ‘economic vegetarians’, consuming more meat means longer, healthier lives—The Economist

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
A slaughterhouse in Maputo, Mozambique (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann). The Economist reports that the future of food lies in Africa. And why that’s a good thing. Read on to find out why. As Africans get…

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New report says investments in food safety in sub-Saharan Africa should prioritize the needs of local consumers

Originally posted on AgHealth:
Locally made beef stew sold in Bagnon market at Yopougon, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (photo credit: ILRI/Valentin Bognan Koné). Donor investment in food safety in sub-Saharan Africa should have greater focus on the needs of consumers in…

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New case study presents nine-year follow-up of pilot project to improve food safety in Bodija market, Nigeria

Originally posted on AgHealth:
Goat in a market in Nigeria (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann). Foodborne disease is a major public health problem in poor countries, but we lack effective, sustainable and scalable approaches that work in the traditional, informal markets…

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Tanzania launches USD596 million livestock master plan

Originally posted on ILRI news:
Tanzania minister for livestock and fisheries, Luhaga Mpina (right), receives a copy of the Tanzania livestock master plan from Barry Shapiro, senior livestock development advisor at ILRI (photo credit: Eveline Massam/IITA). Tanzania’s livestock sector is…

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WHY ARE PEOPLE AFRAID OF INTRODUCING NEW VEGETABLES AND FRUIT TREES ?

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Prof. Dr. Willem VAN COTTHEM Ghent University (Belgium) Since August 2007, the time that I launched our action ‘SEEDS FOR FOOD’, a number of people came up with questions about the danger of introducing new vegetables…

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Overuse and misuse of antibiotics – a problem driven by the world’s poor and rich alike

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
? Kibera slum alley (photo via Flickr/Ninara) As reported this week by Andrew Jacobs and Matt Richtel in the New York Times, ‘Kibera residents are prodigious consumers of antibiotics’. Kibera area, one of Africa’s largest…

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