Nigeria

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A damaged maize cob that, if harvested with clean cobs, can contaminate all the cobs with aflatoxins (photo credit: Joseph Atehnkeng/IITA). ‘The UN World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that billions of people in the developing world are chronically exposed to aflatoxin, a natural poison on food crops which causes cancer, impairs the immune system, inhibits … Continue reading

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Cattle being watered at the Ghibe River in southwestern Ethiopia
Cattle being watered at the Ghibe River in southwestern Ethiopia. The country's livestock sector supports the livelihoods of a large proportion of rural households (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann).

On 18-24 August 2012, some...
Livestock Markets Digest, Aug/2012
Testing milk in Kenya's informal market
Testing milk in Kenya's informal milk market. New research studies have evaluated zoonotic health risks associated with urban dairy farming systems in Nairobi, Kenya (photo credit: ILRI/Dave Elsworth).


The August 2012 issue of the journal ...
Livestock Markets Digest, Aug/2012

Nigeria’s agriculture sector generates one-third of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employs two-thirds of the workforce. Its recent growth dominates Nigerian non-oil economic growth. Small-scale, semi-commercial farms, settled agricultural households and transhumant pastoralists dominate production. Livestock is the second largest agricultural subsector and features 16.43 million cattle, 34.69 million sheep, 55.15 million goats, 7.18 million pigs and 183.16 million poultry. These provide nutrition and food security, and a range of services including...

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Mark Tran in the Guardian's Poverty Matters Blog warns us this week not to keep chickens under our beds. On the other hand, he infers, chicken bought on the street in poor countries may be safer to eat than that from the supermarket. Tran is reporting on a new in-depth study by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) of livestock keeping in urban areas of Nigeria and Kenya. That study found that wh...

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Zoonotic emerging infectious disease events (non-wild hosts). Published In report to DFID by Delia Grace et al.:  Mapping of Poverty and Likely Zoonoses Hotspots, ILRI, 2012. Natasha Gilbert reports today in Nature on the 'Cost of human-animal disease greatest for world's poor', noting that 'the United States and western Europe are hotspots for emerging diseases'...

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Football legend Raul Gonzalez, Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), learns while speaking to goat herders in Chad that protecting people's livestock is essential for preventing them from falling into the danger zone during the current food crisis. Livestock will also be essential, the people say, for helping them to recover from the crisis afterwards. Chad is one of eight West African countries being hit hard by drought in the Sahel, a belt of semi-arid land ...

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Artist Rose Fyson, from Melbourne, says: 'My illustration shows how time is running out for Africa—and it's in our hands. I feel that Africa will suffer most. As we all experience global warming, Africa’s resources are stretched to help overcome starvation and loss of livelihood.' Artists from around the world painted canvases illustrating the human impact of climate change in their countries, sixteen of which were exhibited at the UN Climate Negotiations in Poznan, Poland, in December 2008...

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Nigeria's Vanguard newspaper reports on warning given by scientists about the insufficient capacity of Africa's current veterinary services to deal with new disease threats.

'According to new assessments, reported yesterday at the International Conference on Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition & Health in New Delhi, India, “Wealthy countries are effectively dealing with livestock diseases, but in Africa and Asia, the capacity of veterinary services to track and control outbreaks is lagging dangerously behind livestock intensification," said John McDermott, deputy director general for research at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), which spearheaded the work. . . .

'McDermott, one of the co-author[s] with Delia Grace, said "In the poorest region...

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The magazine Farming Matters ran a feature on a Fodder Innovation Project funded by the UK Department for International Development and conducted since 2003 by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) with partners in Nigeria and India. The aim of the project is to improve the availability of good fodder for small-scale livestock keepers in those countries. The partners in ...

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Tunde Adegoke Amole
Postdoctoral Scientist, Livestock Feeds WA

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Tunde Adegoke Amole
Postdoctoral Scientist, Livestock Feeds WA