Category Archives: Agriculture

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 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.:
A summary key opportunities for livestock to contribute to the agroecological transition Livestock is found in…

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RESILIENCE OF NATIVE LIVESTOCK BREEDS TO CLIMATE CHANGE

Originally posted on Traditional Animal Genetic Resources for Food Security Under Climate Change Influence:
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…

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

Originally posted on Traditional Animal Genetic Resources for Food Security Under Climate Change Influence:
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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Beef cattle grazing on American rangelands—not feedlots—could be net carbon sink

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Beef cattle on pasture in the USA (photo credit: BEEF magazine). A new research paper by Michigan State University scientists analyses the impacts of soil carbon sequestration on life cycle greenhouse gas emissions in Midwestern…

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Animal health and welfare, two cornerstones of sustainable, responsible and effective food production

Originally posted on ILRI news:
Monique Eliot, director general of the OIE, leads a high-level panel discussion at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture, in Berlin, 19 Jan 2018 (photo credit: BMEL/Inga Kjer/photothek). Improved animal health and welfare standards…

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​’If you care about agriculture, you care about livestock’—Bill Gates

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
​ The Cow with the Subtile Nose, by Jean Dubuffet, 1954. ‘. . . According to Reuters, the Gates Foundation will pump $40m into research for higher-yielding dairy cows, as well as chickens that lay better quality…

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DFID/UKAid provides £4 million for genetics and health research to aid sustainable livestock production in Africa

Originally posted on ILRI news:
More oxen for ploughing means less labour for farmers (photo: ILRI/Stevie Mann). In Ethiopia’s Ghibe Valley, ILRI-led tsetse fly control methods allowed cattle to flourish in an area previously almost uninhabitable for them. This encouraged more…

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Sustainable livestock futures—BMZ, GIZ and ILRI at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture this week

Originally posted on ILRI news:
For several days this week (18–20 Jan 2018), several scientific directors and staff of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)—Jimmy Smith, Shirley Tarawali, Dieter Schillinger, Lutz Merbold and Kristina Roesel—will be participating with several ILRI…

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To transform agricultural extension, give youth a voice

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
At the recent Africa Agriculture Extension week in Durban, there was a common refrain: “Demand for food in Africa is growing and expected to double by 2050.” This is why we see continued growth…

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Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) is going to be history, but how?

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
I got impressed by the virtues of collective actions while reading the GFAR blog post Remembering our collective actions: The unforgettable story of Rinderpest eradication. This infectious disease which was once thought very difficult to…

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Second PENAPH Conference: Participatory Approaches to One Health

Originally posted on PENAPH:
January 10-12, 2018 – Khon Kaen, Thailand Participatory Approaches in Animal Health, Public Health, One Health and Ecohealth Registration for the Second PENAPH Conference and conference courses is still open at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/second-penaph-conference-participatory-approaches-to-one-health-tickets-37155665596. Hotel bookings for the Pullman…

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Sustainable food systems: What it means for CIAT research

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
Mark Lundy is the Leader of Sustainable Food Systems at CIAT It is big and involves so many processes and actors. Some would even say it’s scary. I’m talking about the food system, or…

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Learning about data for farmers and how it can help to “cross the donga”

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
Dan Berne and Valeria Pesce Dan Berne introducing the course In the week of 20-24 November 2017, GFAR convened a course and symposium on Farmers’ access to data in Centurion, South Africa. This event…

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Learning about data for farmers and how it can help to “cross the donga”

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
Dan Berne and Valeria Pesce Dan Berne introducing the course In the week of 20-24 November 2017, GFAR convened a course and symposium on Farmers’ access to data in Centurion, South Africa. This event…

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Towards Food and Nutrition Security: Where is IITA going in the next half century?

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
Burundi women dance to welcome visitors during farmers open day. The year 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). The anniversary was celebrated to reflect two milestones: the…

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IITA: Transforming African Agriculture

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
IITA’s first 50 years showed how partnership is a key ingredient for success in IITA’s efforts to bring about transformation in agriculture. Agriculture is central to the development of the African continent, currently contributing…

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People and Animal Agriculture~The Philosophy of the Low Carbon Livestock

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PENAPH Conference Course: Introduction to Participatory Epidemiology and Surveillance

Originally posted on PENAPH:
We have enough sign-ups to offer the Introduction to Participatory Epidemiology and Surveillance Course, but still have a few more slots available. You can sign-up on the eventbrite site at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/second-penaph-conference-participatory-approaches-to-one-health-tickets-37155665596. The course description is below: ?…

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Future of (sustainable) livestock production: Efficient, but measured–Time Magazine on major new ILRI study

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Ethiopian livestock-keeper and her children (photo credit: ILRI/Apollo Habtamu). Livestock production may have a bigger impact on the planet than anything else. A new study from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) shows how the…

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Superfood (Camel Milk) can Beat the Challenge of Superbug (Bacterial Resistance to Antibiotics)

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Superfood (Camel Milk) can Beat the Challenge of Superbug (Bacterial Resistance to Antibiotics)

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Food Insecurity Metrics Now in Sync

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
“If you can’t measure, you can’t manage” -Peter Drucker That is why metrics are important for the government or any institution, and development partners in addressing food insecurity, malnutrition, hunger, poverty. According to FAO,…

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The Shifting State of Sustainability: Can the private sector really deliver a public good?

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
The development community, with some notable exceptions, is waking up to the absurdity of measuring only their inputs and outputs like the number of farmers trained or the number of hectares certified as “farmed sustainably”. …

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Could animals help solve the world’s ‘calorie’ as well as ‘hidden’ hunger?—ILRI’s Delia Grace on World Food Day

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
The interview below, Could animal-sourced protein really solve the world’s hunger crisis?, of veterinary epidemiologist and food safety expert Delia Grace, of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), was originally published in the Oct 2017…

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ILRI scientist Delia Grace receives the Trevor Blackburn Award for contributions to animal health and food safety

Originally posted on AgHealth:
Delia Grace, veterinary epidemiologist at the International Livestock Research Institute (photo credit: ILRI/Susan MacMillan). We are pleased to congratulate Delia Grace on being announced as the winner of the British Veterinary Association’s (BVA) Trevor Blackburn Award…

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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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