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.

Why good policies and public funding (only) won’t change the world

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
We have been cutting trees to plant food crops, since the beginning of time. Forest cover loss is a major contributor to climate change – the biggest challenge of our times. So, we won’t…

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Digging deeper into soil: The future of food

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
It’s another rainy day in the coastal Odisha, India. The Bhitarkanika village looks drenched and dark. Meet Pampa Dolui, age 34, a single mother of two, who has adopted a grim routine over these…

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Webinar Wrap-up: Farmers’ Rights: How Complementarity between Researchers and Farmers Impact the Conservation of Genetic Diversity, Food Security and Livelihoods of the Poor

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
GFAR partners CGIAR, GODAN (Global Open Data Initiative for Agriculture and Nutrition) and Asociación Andes, through a GFAR Collective Action supported by GFAR Secretariat, organized on 19 September 2017 a second webinar on the…

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CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health releases 2016 annual report

Originally posted on AgHealth:
The CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) is pleased to announce the publication of its 2016 annual report, detailing the accomplishments and developments of the fifth and final year of the program’s…

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Processing African cassava peels, potentially a billion dollar business

Originally posted on ILRI news:
Bags of high quality cassava peel mash feed, Ibadan, Nigeria (Photo credit: ILRI/Iheanacho Okike) With livestock production expected to more than double in the next 40 years, transforming cassava peels into high quality feed holds…

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New factories in Nigeria transform cassava peels into livestock feed, creating jobs and incomes for women

Originally posted on ILRI news:
Cassava peel processing factory under construction in Benue State, Nigeria (photo credit: ILRI / Yinka Olasusi). Nigeria is the world’s largest producer of cassava, with a yearly output of about 50 million tonnes and a production…

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Join our next GFAR Collective Action Webinar on Farmers’ Rights

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
GFAR partners CGIAR, GODAN (Global Open Data Initiative for Agriculture and Nutrition) and Asociación Andes, through a GFAR Collective Action, are pleased to invite you to: Our webinar: “Farmers’ Rights: How Complementarity between Researchers…

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2nd PENAPH Conference: 7 Pre and Post Conference Courses in January 2018 at Khon Kaen University, Thailand

Originally posted on PENAPH:
Second PENAPH Conference Course Catalog We are pleased to announce 7 pre- and post-PENAPH Conference courses. The course offer a variety of perspectives on participatory and qualitative methods in animal Health, One Health, Eco-Health and surveillance.…

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Goat is playing a Pivotal role in Rural Economy! Small Scaled Farming is a Hope

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.:
An article in ‘Animal’ compares the lifetime performance (mortality, maturity, nutrition, birth weight etc.) of West…

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Lifetime performance of West African dwarf goats under different feeding systems

Originally posted on ILRI news:
West African dwarf goat in Ghana (photo credit: ILRI/Paul Karaimu). A new paper by scientists at in the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and Wageningen University and Research (WUR) compared the lifetime performance of West African Dwarf goats…

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Livestock scientists say climate change can increase risk of animal pests and diseases

Originally posted on AgHealth:
Livestock grazing on an island in the River Niger, as seen off a bridge in Niger’s capital, Niamey (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann). The livestock sector contributes significantly to the global economy and to rural livelihoods. Globally,…

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2030 Agenda: The role of youth in peace, security and sustainability?

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
Nidhi Nagabhatla speaking during the GFAR Strategic Workshop and Steering Committee meeting, 13-15 June 2017 in Rome, Italy Let me start by wishing all of you a very happy ‘International Youth Day’. On 17…

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Sustainable Food Futures (NEW BOOK)

Originally posted on Food Governance:
Voltaire once said that “no problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking”. In this book, we put that statement to the test. The problems plaguing food systems are well researched and well known. But how…

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New research initiative to boost the health and productivity of farmed animals in Africa

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Goat in Borana, Ethiopia (photo credit: ILRI/Zerihun Sewunet). The University of Edinburgh released this news today. Vet experts are delivering a £5.5 million initiative to improve the health and productivity of farmed animals in sub-Saharan…

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Year-end livestock lists: Favourite presentations

Originally posted on ILRI news:
Borana goat, Ethiopia (photo credit: ILRI/Zerihun Sewunet). Miss some presentations of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) this year? Arranged by topic below are some of our favourites. What were yours? What are we missing?…

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On what (and how and when) to measure when measuring impacts of agricultural research for development

Originally posted on ILRI news:
Photo by FAO/Riccardo Gangale. The following article is written by Iain Wright, deputy director general for research at ILRI. On 6–8 Jul 2017, I attended a conference at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) on Impacts…

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Happy Earth Overshoot Day – Earlier Again… — Food (Policy) For Thought

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Empowering small-scale producers one taste at a time

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
On July 29th for the first time ever, ConviviumVelika Plana organized Terra Madre Morava, a gathering of small-scale food producers given an opportunity to showcase their products in the spirit of the SlowFood philosophy.…

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Acting President (Vice President) Osinbajo Inaugurates 1.5 Billion USD Fertilizer Plant in Nigeria

Originally posted on Database of Press Releases related to Africa – APO-Source:
Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo today in Port Harcourt inaugurated a giant world-class fertilizer plant, built by Indorama ([www.Indorama.com](http://www.indorama.com/)) Eleme Fertilizer and Chemicals Limited at the cost of…

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Women Advancing Africa placing women at the centre stage of Africa’s Economic

Originally posted on Database of Press Releases related to Africa – APO-Source:
The inaugural Women Advancing Africa (WAA) Forum is a new Pan-African flagship initiative launched by the Graça Machel Trust to acknowledge and celebrate the central role women play…

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Understanding Sustainable Food System Transitions: Practice, Assessment and Governance

Originally posted on Food Governance:
I am very pleased to share that a new special issue of Sociologia Ruralis edited by Damian Maye and me is now online: Understanding Sustainable Food System Transitions: Practice, Assessment and Governance. The Special Issue…

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Why livestock are essential for Agenda 2030—Jimmy Smith at the High-Level Forum on Sustainable Development

Originally posted on ILRI news:
  Ram-bearer, Cypriot, 6th century BC, said to be from the temple of Apollo Hylates at Kourion (photographed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City). United Nations High-Level Forum on Sustainable Development Special…

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Sucking it up: Milk—cheap, energy dense, retro-cool—is becoming Asia’s weapon of choice in its war on hunger

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Milk (via Flickr/EADD). ‘[O]nly seven out of 19 developing Asian countries are now on track to reach the UN FAO’s bold goal of “zero hunger”. ‘However, changing tastes for food means Asians are drinking more…

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Grass? How an unlikely weapon can help farmers beat drought in Africa

Originally posted on CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish:
To resist the droughts that decimate rural livelihoods, researchers and farmers in Tanzania are testing different forage grass and legume species to discover which management and grass combinations can boost…

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On the two central, and under-resourced, assets of the developing world: Women and livestock

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Left to right: Thomas Cherenet (Ethiopia), Samuel Chief Ankama (Namibia), Emma Naluyima (Uganda), Amadou Diallo (FAO), Bruce Mukanda (AU-IBAR) (photo credit: ILRI/Apollo Habtamu).  An interesting discussion took place at a news conference that followed the policy…

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Towards a toolkit to analyse livestock and fish value chains

Originally posted on CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish:
The CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish has been operational since January 2012. It seeks to improve the diets of poor people for healthy productive lives, and sustainably increase…

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Balancing research and development: Livestock and fish research and value chain insights from Tropentag workshop

Originally posted on CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish:
Participants in the synthesis ‘fishbowl’ On 19 September 2016, the CGIAR Livestock and Fish Research Program hosted a side workshop at the 2016 Tropentag conference. It brought together partners from…

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Tightened rules for use of antibiotics by livestock producers go into effect in the United States

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Mass poultry production in the USA (photo credit: Oklahoma State University). From the United States comes this good news about a new rule that has gone into effect curtailing use of antibiotics in livestock production…

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USAID to host two-day online discussion on food safety research in developing countries

Originally posted on AgHealth:
Fresh produce on sale in a local market in Malawi (photo credit: IFPRI). ? The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will hold a two-day online AgExchange on food safety beginning 20 June 2017 at…

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Delightful news from FAO and IRIN : urban gardens and food security (Willem Van Cotthem / IRIN / FAO)

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
For years we have been promoting family gardens (kitchen gardens) and school gardens, not to mention hospital gardens, in the debate on alleviation of hunger and poverty.  We have always insisted on the fact that development…

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Family farms are essential to food security, balanced diets, and biodiversity by preserving traditional food products

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
Photo credit: FAO Farmers going to work in the fields of Jalal-Abad Oblast, Kyrgyzstan, in the early morning. Some 80 percent of the world’s food is produced by family farms. FAO launches digital platform on family…

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80 percent of the world’s food is produced by smallholder family farmers.

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
Photo credit: Food Tank The Family Farming Knowledge Platform supports family farmers around the world. shutterstock Family Farmers Feed the World According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 80 percent of the world’s food…

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“Global Food Security Governance” at Kyoto University

Originally posted on Rural Sociology Wageningen University:
By Joëlla van de Griend In-class debate on trade and food security ? Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Economics, as part of the Asian Platform for Global Sustainability & Transcultural Studies (AGST), aims…

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Youth Agripreneurs Project: Sowing the seed for a brighter future

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
Hectic yet reflective! The pilot GFAR-YPARD Young Agripreneur Project is coming to an end and in these posts, the six young agri-preneurs are pondering on their professional and personal journeys over the past twelve months. In April…

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Africa must take the lead in addressing global health challenges

Source: Africa must take the lead in addressing global health challenges

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How to avoid youth getting involved in agriculture?

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
‘My name is Sandhya, I am studying Sustainable Management of Natural Resources in Suriname. I am currently doing an one year exchange program at Ughent to study agriculture courses of my choice. These fundamental…

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Youth agribusiness in Africa: not just about knowledge, but action

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
A week ago, I was fortunate to speak at the latest Brussels Rural Development Briefings (Briefing number 49)* that took place at the ACP secretariat in Brussels, Belgium. The briefing focused on “Youth in…

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Mentoring rural youth to make agriculture attractive

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
The more I read on youth mentoring, especially YPARD’s mentoring programmes, the more I got inspired and tempted to mentor young people. My visit to Nikki Chaudhary’s dairy farm in 2016, to witness first-hand her…

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Sparking the Creativity of Youth at #ICYA

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
The International Conference for Youth in Agriculture (ICYA) held from 27 to 30 April in Leuven Belgium was created in order to give space to young, bright and internationally active people to interact, discuss,…

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The multiple benefits of livestock are in focus this week as experts meet in Ethiopia

Originally posted on ILRI news:
Fritz Schneider, chair of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (photo credit: ILRI/Apollo Habtamu). More than 250 livestock experts from over 50 countries are exploring ways of ensuring that the long-term benefits of livestock contribute…

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CGIAR Portfolio 2017-2022 – Transforming global agriculture and food systems

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
CGIAR has launched its new research portfolio, comprised of 11 Research Programs and 3 Platforms, that represents the second generation of CGIAR’s multidimensional work streams. The CGIAR Portfolio 2017-2022 aims to reducing rural poverty,…

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The disruption starts now: new big data program promises to shake up agriculture

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
A new multimillion-dollar initiative plans to disrupt food production across the developing world, with the aim of making it more productive, efficient and resilient – all through the power of information. The CGIAR Platform…

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Why is sustainability not yet second nature?

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
This week marks the launch of the new CGIAR research portfolio. Izabella Koziell, Program Director, lays out the ambitions of the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE). The first commercial co-composting…

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People, the planet, and sustainable livestock: Livestock live talk at ILRI on18 January 2013

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
On Friday, 18 January 2013, Jeroen Dijkman, an internationally recognized authority on agricultural innovation systems and rural development practice and planning, will give a ‘livestock live talk’ seminar on ‘People, the planet, and sustainable livestock’,…

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Cooperating with the future: Towards multiplying the multiple benefits of sustainable livestock

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Henning Steinfeld, of FAO, gave the keynote presentation at the 7th Multi-stakeholder Partnership Meeting of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 8 May 2017, at the Hilton Hotel (photo credit: ILRI/Susan…

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Concrete solutions underline centrality of livestock to sustainable development

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
7th Multi-stakeholder Partnership meeting of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock Hundreds of global livestock stakeholders gather to strengthen the role of livestock in supporting livelihoods, producing safe food and protecting the environment Today, the…

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Give women a chance to slash global hunger with small-scale gardening (Willem Van Cotthem)

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
Have you read the former posting on this blog  ? SMALLHOLDERS, RURAL PRODUCERS KEY TO SLASHING GLOBAL HUNGER AND POVERTY – BAN (UNNews) Please pay attention to the following parts of Mr. BAN KI-MOON’s statement :…

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SMALLHOLDERS, RURAL PRODUCERS KEY TO SLASHING GLOBAL HUNGER AND POVERTY (UNNews)

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
Read at : UNNews SMALLHOLDERS, RURAL PRODUCERS KEY TO SLASHING GLOBAL HUNGER AND POVERTY – BAN New York, Feb 17 2010  1:05PM Smallholders and rural producers have a vital role to play in overcoming global hunger…

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FOOD SECURITY BY SACK GARDENING IN URBAN AND RURAL AREAS, BUT ALSO IN REFUGEE CAMPS (Willem Van Cotthem)

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
INTRODUCING SACKS GARDENING TO COMBAT HUNGER AND POVERTY Smallholders and rural producers have a vital role to play in overcoming global hunger and poverty, and new and varied partnerships are needed, with particular emphasis on the…

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Small-scale gardening to combat desertification (Willem Van Cotthem)

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
Small-scale gardening to combat desertification and alleviate hunger and poverty For years we have been promoting family gardens (kitchen gardens) and school gardens in the debate on combating desertification, alleviation of hunger and poverty.  We have…

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Urban farming against hunger (FAO)

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
Read at : FAO Newsroom http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2007/1000484/index.html Urban farming against hunger Safe, fresh food for city dwellers 1 February 2007, Rome – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has opened a new front in its battle…

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Urban agriculture and food insecurity, income generation, waste disposal, gender inequality, and urban insecurity (Google / Intern. Businessx Times)

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
Read at : Google Alert – vertical gardening http://ca.ibtimes.com/articles/188834/20110728/farming-the-cities-feeding-an-urban-future.htm Farming the cities, feeding an urban future As people move from rural to urban settings in search of economic opportunities, urban agriculture is becoming an important provider…

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Food Insecurity and Urban Growth in Africa

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
? Photo credit: Foodtank Food Insecurity a Pressing Issue Amidst Urban Growth in Africa According to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), more people are relocating to African cities from rural areas than ever before.…

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Next Brussels Briefing 49: “Youth in agribusiness: shaping the future of agriculture”

Originally posted on Brussels Development Briefings:
The next Brussels Development Briefing no. 49 on “Youth in agribusiness: shaping the future of agriculture” will take place on 18th of May 2017 from 09:00 to 13:00, at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels,…

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Easy Understandable But Important Features of Camel Milk

Originally posted on Natural Health with the Camel Milk:
According to a promo of Chinese Camel Milk Company of Xinjiang, the camels’ milk features are provided as following. The contents in brackets are provided by author for further details. With high…

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New Scientist reports on Nairobi study mapping out role of urbanization in zoonotic pathogen transmission

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
A cow in Kenya. An on-going study in Nairobi, Kenya is investigating how zoonotic pathogens are introduced to urban populations through livestock commodity value-chains (photo credit: ILRI/Paul Karaimu). A study by 12 Kenyan and UK institutions,…

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Animals, not people, should serve as sentinels of infectious diseases of both–Delia Grace

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
A girl shares the entrance to her house with a family of chickens in Oyo State, Nigeria (photo credit: ILRI/Mann). Researchers at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) argue in an opinion piece published yesterday…

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Draconian bans on urban livestock in developing countries ‘not the answer’–Guardian on ILRI report

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Customers at a milk bar in Ndumbuini in Kabete, Nairobi  (photo credit: ILRI/Paul Karaimu). Mark Tran in the Guardian‘s Poverty Matters Blog warns us this week not to keep chickens under our beds. On the…

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How the anti-meat mantra of rich countries hurts development in poor countries

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
ILRI Director General Jimmy Smith (photo credit: ILRI). Rich countries making bad food choices and consuming too much meat should not force their ideas about environmental and health issues and agricultural sustainability on the world’s…

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Jimmy Smith in Australia makes the case for greater investments in pro-poor livestock development

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Jimmy Smith, director general of ILRI (photo: ILRI/Paul Karaimu). The livestock sector plays a significant role in development, but Dr. Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute, says this is not reflected in…

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