Author Archives: Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with 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 was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone 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.

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

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
? 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

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
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?

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
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)

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
 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

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
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

Originally posted on AgHealth:
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 ?

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
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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Why livestock matter – share your project change story

Originally posted on ILRI news:
People in developing countries know that livestock are critical for sustainable development. The world’s cows, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry and other farm animals are the mainstay of livelihoods across the developing world. And the energy…

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Drug resistance could make millions of people poorer

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Jimmy Smith (right) and Ochieng’ Ogodo (SciDev.net). A CGIAR Antimicrobial Resistance Hub to help integrate and channel research and development efforts in tackling antimicrobial resistance was launched at ILRI Nairobi, Kenya, 21-22 February 2019 [photo…

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Livestock’s future: An opportunity not a threat

Originally posted on ILRI news:
Some of the livestock sector’s numerous roles (credit: ILRI). The World Economic Forum’s Shaping the Future initiative published a white paper prepared by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) on livestock’s role in the developing…

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Launching today—CGIAR Antimicrobial Resistance Hub

Originally posted on ILRI news:
Launching today in Kenya is a CGIAR AMR Hub for powering global, national and local partnerships to help stem the global rise of drug-resistant pathogens that is increasingly putting public health at risk. This morning…

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New research partnership to tackle the global problem of #antimicrobialresistance

Originally posted on AgHealth:
Sheep market in Doyogena, Ethiopia (photo credit: ILRI/Zerihun Sewunet). To tackle a growing problem of rising antimicrobial resistance in low- and middle-income countries, CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future, is forming an international…

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Diversified Agri-food Systems: Bastions of biodiversity, nutrition and resilience

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
According to The State of the Food Security and Nutrition in the World released last year (SOFI 2018), global hunger and malnutrition has increased considerably since 2016, reaching 821 million undernourished people – approximately…

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FAO sets the record straight–86% of livestock feed is inedible by humans

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Cow Jar, by Jean Dubuffet, 1943. As the media frenzy caused by a ‘planetary health diet’ proposed in a new report from an EAT-Lancet commission this month continues, it is perhaps timely to recall that the…

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Are we eating less meat?—Oxford Martin School fellow Hannah Ritchie confirms ‘No’

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Broken Record Alert: People WILL NOT change their diets for environmental reasons. No matter how often we hear “EAT LESS MEAT” we eat more meat when we can afford it, because we like it. @HannahRitchie02…

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Where nutrients and protein sourced from livestock remain vital—Crawford Fund

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Standing Child (Stehendes Kind) by Erich Heckel, 1910. ‘Coinciding with the launch of the EAT-Lancet “Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems” report, Dr Colin Chartres, the [Crawford] Fund’s CEO, . . . discusses the importance…

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119 Organizations Shaking Up the Food System in 2019

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
2018 was a great year for Food Tank. We hosted ground-breaking Summits, innovative events, and global discussions about the food system in Senegal, Italy, Russia, and across the United States. We published the book Nourished…

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Livestock and trees: A more perfect union

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Illustration by Remy Charlip via Pinterest: Cover of Four Fur Feet, written by Margaret Wise Brown. Livestock provide ecological services too great to warrant their complete removal from the landscape. ‘. . . Sequestering carbon has…

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Thesis Opportunities: Social Economies of food, agriculture, and nature in Gelderland.

Originally posted on Rural Sociology Wageningen University:
Social economy is an umbrella term used to describe a variety of third sector, cooperative, voluntary, non-profit, and social enterprise initiatives that put social and environmental well-being before profit.  They operate in different…

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Global Exploration and Practical Research Meet in Nuffield International Farming Scholars Program

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
A robust, sustainable global agriculture and food production sector is critical to the future of a growing world population. It will take farms of varying types and sizes to address food insecurity and hunger,…

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Call for papers: Analytical Approaches to Post-Exceptionalism in Food and Agricultural Governance

Originally posted on Food Governance:
Join us at the 2019 General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research in Wrocław, Poland.  Due to the sensitive nature of the associated public goods (food safety, health, environmental concerns), policy makers have…

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Livestock and agroecology — 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 nature by the blind use of inputs like energy and water. They are the custodians of the genes and nature.

Originally posted on Pastoralists, Nomads, Small and Medium Scaled Family Farmers are the Custodian of Native genetic resources and Sustainable Farming Systems:
A summary key opportunities for livestock to contribute to the agroecological transition Livestock is found in all agroecosystems…

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RESILIENCE OF NATIVE LIVESTOCK BREEDS TO CLIMATE CHANGE

Originally posted on SUSTAINABLE FARMING FOR FOOD AND HEALTH:
The globe is under stressful pressure of climate change. Droughts, erratic and unseasonal rains, floods, and rise in mercury are the salient features of climate change. Some regions are under the severe affects…

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Camel Milk: Why Do You Need This In Your Home?

Originally posted on SUSTAINABLE FARMING FOR FOOD AND HEALTH:
via Camel Milk: Why Do You Need This In Your Home?

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A move away from ‘grain fundamentalism’ to higher quality milk, meat and egg calories to fight malnutrition

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Derek Headey, a senior research fellow at the CGIAR’s International Food Policy Research Institute, yesterday published an opinion piece in The Telegraph on the importance of using milk, meat and eggs to fight malnutrition and…

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Next Brussels Briefing n. 53: ”The next generation of farmers: successes and new opportunities”

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How to Integrate New Chickens to a Flock

Originally posted on The Garden Smallholder:
There’s no going back once you’ve caught the chicken keeping bug. Apart from the obvious reason why people decide to keep them, chickens are great company in the garden, fun to watch and seriously addictive. With so many breeds…

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Back In The Allotment Saddle

Originally posted on The Garden Smallholder:
The long hot summer has been and gone and I’m reaping the rewards in the kitchen garden. The autumn tidy up has begun and having chickens roaming around the garden smallholding means I’m never…

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Collaboration is key to achieving the long-term benefits of data sharing

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
Many conversations about open data for agriculture and nutrition promote the win-win scenario of improved livelihoods for farmers, as well as more nutritious, environmentally conscious food. However, examples of open data benefiting farmers often only…

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One-size-fits-all ‘livestock less’ measures will not serve some one billion smallholder livestock farmers and herders

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Smallholder dairying in Kenya (photo credit: Accelerated Value Chain Development/Sophie Mbugua). ‘Once again, the debate on sustainable diets and in particular on (not) eating animal-derived products is resurfacing in the media, as illustrated most recently…

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Women are the (invisible) guardians of livestock diversity–New FAO study

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Ethiopian woman churning butter the traditional way (photo credit: ILRI/Apollo Habtamu). A new study by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations argues that to succeed, livestock breed conservation efforts must empower women.…

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Why cows are getting a bad rap in lab-grown meat debate

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
A small-scale production line of the leghemoglobin for a plant-based hamburger is displayed during a media tour of Impossible Foods labs and processing plant in Redwood City, California, US 6 Oct 2016 (photo credit: /Beck…

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New World Bank report says food-borne illnesses cost US$ 110 billion per year in low- and middle-income countries

Originally posted on AgHealth:
Rinsing fresh fish in Accra, Ghana (photo credit: ILRI/Kennedy Bomfeh). A new World Bank study finds that the impact of unsafe food costs low- and middle-income economies about US$ 110 billion in lost productivity and medical…

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On World Food Day, Take a Holistic Approach to Food Production

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
October 16 is World Food Day. It can be a day of action, dedicated to tackling hunger and ensuring food security and nutrient-dense diets for everyone. Food should nourish and nurture people, society, and the…

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Book Launch – Flourishing Foodscapes: Designing City Region Food Systems

Originally posted on Rural Sociology Wageningen University:
On Thursday 27 September 2018 Valiz and the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture will host a programme dedicated to the launch of the book entitled ‘Flourishing Foodscapes – Designing City Region Food Systems’. About…

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Enhancing global livestock advocacy for sustainable development

Originally posted on ILRI news:
Some of the work going on at an end-of-project GLAD workshop held last week at ILRI, in Nairobi (photo credit: ILRI/Judy Kimani). This article was written by Judy Kimani, communications and knowledge management specialist for…

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CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health publishes 2017 annual report

Originally posted on AgHealth:
The CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) has published its 2017 annual report which highlights the program’s accomplishments and activities during the first year of its second phase. Detailed in the report…

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Meat, milk, eggs can make a big difference in the first 1,000 days of life in low-income countries—New report

Originally posted on ILRI news:
Cover of a new report, The influence of livestock-derived foods on nutrition during the first 1,000 days of life, by Delia Grace, Paula Dominguez-Salas, Silvia Alonso, Mats Lannerstad, Emmanuel Muunda and Nicholas Ngwili, all of…

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Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Tuberculosis (TB) Research Network to accelerate research and innovation through collaboration across the BRICS countries

Originally posted on Database of Press Releases related to Africa – APO-Source:
The National Department of Health is hosting the third BRICS TB Research Network Meeting, over 28 – 29 June 2018, in Johannesburg with delegates from the World Health…

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Egypt: The Food and Agriculture organization (FAO) and Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) Hold a Workshop on “Transforming Food and Agriculture to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”

Originally posted on Database of Press Releases related to Africa – APO-Source:
The Food and Agriculture organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Egypt and the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), with the participation of the relevant…

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Foods available to African farm households increase with market access and off-farm work

Originally posted on ILRI news:
Common foods of Khulungira village, in central Malawi: Nsomba zophika (fish stew), chimanga chophika (boiled maize), nyemba zophika (mixed beans with salt and oil), bowa wofutsa (dried mushrooms with ground groundnuts), nkhwani wophatikiza ndi maungu…

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Latest Brussels Briefing n. 50: “Growing food in the cities: Successes and new opportunities”

Originally posted on Brussels Development Briefings:
The latest Brussels Development Briefing no. 50 on “Growing food in the cities: Successes and new opportunities” took place on 10 April 2018 from 09h00 to 13h00, ACP Secretariat, Brussels 451 Avenue Georges Henri, 1200…

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Next Brussels Briefing no.51: «Agriculture as an engine of economic reconstruction and development in fragile countries»

Originally posted on Brussels Development Briefings:
The next Brussels Development Briefing no. 51 on ”Agriculture as an engine of economic reconstruction and development in fragile countries ” will take place on 27 June 2018 from 09h00 to 13h00, ACP Secretariat, Brussels…

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Animal health scientists promote One Health approach in tackling infectious diseases in Africa

Originally posted on AgHealth:
Pipetting in ILRI’s biosciences laboratories (photo credit: ILRI/David White). The scourge of infectious diseases in Africa was the subject of a recent symposium co-hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa, the Uganda National Academy…

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GFAR Talks: Empowering Farmers at the Center of Innovation through Participation in Research

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
In this episode of GFAR Talks, we will examine how agricultural research can and must become a participatory process in which everyone is involved—from the perspectives of farmers, researchers and donors themselves.

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The rise of Community Supported Agriculture in China

Originally posted on Rural Sociology Wageningen University:
Image from Cultivate https://www.facebook.com/collectivecultivate/ On April 16th, Shi Yan, pioneer of the Community Supported Agriculture movement in China will visit Wageningen after participating in FAO’s International Symposium on Agroecology. During the day she will…

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Empowering ruminant livestock enterprises in Mali—A Feed the Future-ILRI project

Originally posted on ILRI news:
A woman milks one of her goats in Mali (photo credit: ILRI/Valentin Bognan Koné). The Feed the Future Mali Livestock Technology Scaling Program is a three-year initiative (2016–2019) promoting inclusive growth of all actors adding value to…

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Livestock research addresses issues underlying the pastoral crisis in the Horn of Africa

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Things Fall Apart Things have quickly fallen apart in this particular drought in the Horn’s vast drylands because of a toxic mix of underlying factors. Land Use Among the things not being redressed are land-use…

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Mobile pastoralism—A 10,000-year-old practice still robust, if threatened, in the Mediterranean today

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
A Spanish shepherd and his flock (photo via Flickr/Jeromy Johnson). From the Mediterranean Consortium for Nature and Culture ‘Mobile pastoralism is the movement of people and livestock through the landscape in search of water and pasture,…

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Cleaning up assessments of livestock-environment systems in developing countries with CLEANED

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Dairy cow in Tanga, Tanzania (photo credit: ILRI/Paul Karaimu). As a vegetarian, my occupation as a livestock scientist might come as an odd choice. But here’s the thing: Livestock science isn’t about promoting meat eating;…

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