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


Livestock graze on an island in the Niger 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, approximately one billion smallholder farmers keep livestock. However, the burden of animal disease in developing countries is high; livestock disease kills 20% of ruminants and over 50% of poultry each year, causing annual losses of approximately USD 300 billion.

A new report on climate and livestock disease by scientists from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) shows that climate change can increase the burden of livestock diseases, and some diseases like Rift Valley fever and trypanosomosis are especially sensitive to climate change.

Climate change may also have indirect effects on animal diseases, for example, higher temperatures and greater humidity can lead to faster development of disease-causing parasites and pathogens.

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


gfar-4Nidhi 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 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) to declare August 12 as the International Youth Day (to know more about the history read UN resolution 54/120). This initiative reverberated with the growing acknowledgment to position Youth as agents of change and made a high-level case for young professionals to be included in development debates, including discussions of peace, security and our ‘common future’ in a globalized world.  Recent discussions (S/RES/2282, 2016) at the UN Security Council Resolution also reiterate the significance of the role of the young professionals in tackling conflicts, and in peacebuilding efforts. That said, the…

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Sustainable Food Futures (NEW BOOK)

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bok coverVoltaire 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 can we support transformation towards sustainable and just food systems?

One thing is clear,  the objective of future food systems can no longer be to simply maximise productivity

We are very pleased to announce that our new book, Sustainable Food Futures: Multidisciplinary Solutionshas just been published. The book includes proposals for solutions to move us toward more sustainable food futures.  The solutions, which are based on concrete cases, are organised around 4 themes:

  1. Recognizing place
  2. Enhancing participation
  3. Challenging markets
  4. Designing sustainable food futures

The solutions proposed in this book can be read as an atlas of possibilities.

There are multiple roads we can, and must, travel to bring us towards our…

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

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Borana goat

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 Africa.

‘The scheme aims to boost the livelihoods of livestock farmers by delivering evidence-based technologies that offer sustainable solutions to the challenges they face.

‘The Supporting Evidence Based Interventions initiative (SEBI) has received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

‘Three programmes have been established to help address different challenges.

‘The first programme aims to identify evidence-based interventions to cut death rates and reproductive losses in dairy cattle in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania.

‘Sub-grants will be provided to enable research groups to investigate the causes of these losses. The first of the grants has been awarded to University of Glasgow to build a disease surveillance platform in Tanzania.

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Year-end livestock lists: Favourite presentations

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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? List them in the Comment box below, please! And remember to check ILRI’s Slideshare site for all our presentations and posters:

And see you next year!


Jimmy Smith (ILRI), Nov 2014
Livestock policy paradoxes: Promulgating a crisis? Or providing a solution?

Christopher Delgado (World Resources Institute), Oct 2014
The transformative role of livestock in the developing world

Modibo Traoré (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), 1 Oct 2014
Why invest in livestock-based options for livelihoods, healthy lives and a sustainable environment?

Jimmy Smith, Sep 2014
The interplay of knowledge and natural resources: Ensuring the health, wealth and environmental benefits of livestock

Ann-Waters-Bayer (ETC Foundation), Sep…

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

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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 of International Agricultural Research: Rigorous Evidence for Policy organized jointly by the CGIAR Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA) and the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM). I welcomed the delegates at this meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, on behalf of ICRAF and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the two CGIAR centres headquartered in Nairobi. A modified version of my address and personal reflections on impact assessment in CGIAR follows.

Iain Wright, ILRI.

We in CGIAR have committed ourselves to tackling some of the greatest challenges that the human population has ever faced.

How do we feed a…

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

Camel, food security and climate change

Happy Earth Overshoot Day! Well, actually, it’s not a holiday. Today, August 2nd 2017, we have used up this year’s biocapacity on Earth – that is, the ecological resources the planet is able to regenerate within a year. All the resources we use from now onward are, in theory, putting us in debt to the…

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