The Blind Export of Precious Donkey will lead to Extinction of this Genetic Resource

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The Donkey’s Importance Donkey, the beautiful but very useful creature 2. Donkey, the wheel of the rural life 3. Donkey is the wheel of urban transport 4. Donkey is the companion…

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Scientists launch consortium to control a lethal disease of cattle in Africa

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Inception workshop for improved East Coast fever vaccine

Group picture of participants of an inception workshop for a project to improve vaccines for the control of East Coast fever in cattle in Africa. The workshop was held at ILRI’s Nairobi campus 27-29 January 2014 (photo credit: ILRI/Paul Karaimu).

A new East Coast fever vaccine project, supported by a USD11-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (USA), is receiving additional support coming from partners in a new consortium established to battle this African cattle killing disease. These partners/investors include the Centre for Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases (Malawi); GALVmed, a livestock-oriented non-profit product development partnership (UK); the Institute for Genome Sciences (University of Maryland, USA); the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp (Belgium); the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI); the Roslin Institute (University of Edinburgh, UK); the Royal Veterinary College (UK); the United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS); and Washington State University (USA).

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Transforming pastoral pursuits into profitable livestock enterprises in southern Africa

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Improved food security of drought affected households in Zimbabwe

Cattle kept under a pen-fattening program in Chivi District, Zimbabwe (photo credit: FAO/Believe Nyakudjara).

‘Growing up in Chiware Village in Rusape, Manicaland province, vivid memories of tending to the family’s herd of cattle remain etched in the mind. Cattle are an integral part of every household, not only in Zimbabwe, but Africa as a whole.

The poignant memories of that herd with each beast carrying a specific name never die. In our herd were the oxen; Boxen, United and Point, as well as one particular cow called Shine.

‘Boxen (probably from Boxing) was popular for his huge stature and regular victories in cattle fights. United was infamous for goring the old grandfather who had to be ferried to Rusape District Hospital to have his mouth sutured. Even when United had to be put down for relish at a funeral, a painful decision had to be made.

‘Point, well, the ox returned…

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CGIAR livestock support is enhancing community resilience in the face of on-going drought in the Horn of Africa

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A livestock carcass in northern Kenya, which has suffered prolonged drought (photo via Flickr by CIAT/Neil Palmer).

Widespread drought conditions in the Horn of Africa have intensified since the failure of the Oct–Dec 2016 rains. Areas of greatest concern cover much of Somalia, northeast and coastal Kenya, southeast Ethiopia and the Afar region, and South Sudan, which faces a serious food crisis due to protracted insecurity. One focus of the East African-headquartered International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is to help developing-country livestock communities enhance their resilience in the face of recurring droughts. ILRI belongs to CGIAR—a global research partnership of 15 centres and their partners working yo reduce poverty, enhance food and nutrition security and improve natural resources and ecosystem services.

Below are some livestock examples of what CGIAR/ILRI have done to help ameliorate the impacts of the on-going drought in the Horn.

Pastoral livestock insurance

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Drink camel milk for three reasons

Natural Health with theCamel Milk

Milking can save camels (…………in terms of Indian camel Population -TW) By Maneka Sanjay Gandhi (Island) I never thought the day would come when I would recommend the drinking…

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Livestock genetics and breeding – highlights from ILRI’s corporate report 2015–2016

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Cattle stand in the crush ready for bleeding and weighing The adoption of new technologies that speed up genetic gains are leading to further improvements in livestock productivity. Ghibe valley, southwest Ethiopia (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann)

The experience of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and partner geneticists in 2015–2016 clearly demonstrates the positive benefits to smallholder farmers of the application of new breeding and genomic approaches, leading to more productive and climate- and disease resilient livestock. However, it is when these new technologies are combined with improved management practices that they are translated into enhanced food security and higher incomes for smallholder farmers. These are the findings from the genetics research and interventions, presented in the ILRI Corporate report 2015–2016: highlights on Livestock genetics and breeding.

The findings in the report are presented in line with the three objectives set out in the ILRI strategy 2013–2022:

  1. Develop, test, adapt and promote science-based practices that—being sustainable and scalable—achieve…

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New guide outlines options for integrating gender equity and social inclusion in low-emissions dairy production interventions

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Visit to Lower Kamula village in Kenya: Female Empowerment Session Photo Credit: CCAFS

Why does it matter?

The importance and need to entrench gender issues in agricultural research for development cannot be overemphasized. While increasingly, research for development practitioners are adapting and implementing gender strategies in their interventions, empirical evidence reveals that gender issues go hand-in-hand with recognizing social differentiation and positioning at varying scales. A newly published research report by scientists from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) provides a guide to best practices for gender and social inclusion in the Kenyan intensive dairy sector.

The objective of this research was to produce a practical resource guide to inform the development of Kenya’s Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) strategy. Kenya’s NAMA will provide climate finance mechanisms to a number of stakeholders in the livestock sector who are currently practising or interested in low-emissions development.

The recently published research report highlights that

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