animal products

This page brings together ILRI and partner resources on animal products. Click different tabs to see news items, research outputs, journal articles, video materials and presentations as well as ILRI projects and people related to animal products. See ILRI research on other subjects

New Yorker cover by Tom Gauld (via Pinterest). The following fascinating recent history of the chicken in America is taken from a 2014 essay by Andrew Lawler published in Aeon (check out this online science and cultural magazine, founded in London in 2012, if you haven’t yet): Chicken of tomorrow: How a massive breeding contest turned … Continue reading

ILRI clippings, Mar/2015

Originally posted on CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish:
Danilo Pezo of ILRI engages project staff and partners at the handover of a biogas plant at Wambizzi (photo credit: ILRI/Brian Kawuma). Wambizzi, the only pig abattoir in Uganda is located in Nalukolongo, west of Kampala city and handles up to 150 pigs a day. It…

Safe Food Fair Food, Mar/2015

Livestock and Irrigation Value chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project is working across the dairy value chain in Ethiopia – from milk production, input/service provision and milk processing/marketing to dairy waste management. Through its dairy waste management interventions, the project plans to contribute to rural electrification by introducing alternative energy sources. The project has introduced a new biogas package which includes a biogas electric generator, biogas pumps/compressors, biogas storage bag and above-ground plastic digesters. Continue reading

LIVES, Feb/2015

Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), gave one of three keynote presentations at the recent Agricultural Research Congress, held in Karnal, India, at the National Dairy Research Institute, from 3 to 6 Feb 2015. Continue reading

ILRI news blog, Feb/2015

LIVES working paper 1 presents results obtained from the LIVES baseline data exercise as well as from the rapid butter value chain assessment study conducted by the IPMS project. The final section presents conclusions and recommendations on strategies and interventions to increase the size and efficiency of the butter value chain in the country. Continue reading

LIVES, Jan/2015

A new compilation of 25 studies in Africa finds that informal markets provide essential sources of food and income for millions of poor, with milk and meat that is often safer than supermarkets. Misguided efforts to control the alarming burden of food-related illnesses in low-income countries risk intensifying malnutrition and poverty — while doing little to improve food safety. Blunt crack-downs on informal milk and meat sellers that are a critical source of food and income for millions of people are not the solution. Continue reading

ILRI news blog, Jan/2015

Writing in the November 2014 issue of Rural 21, Isabelle Baltenweck argues that the growing global demand for animal products also offers poor livestock keepers the opportunity to switch from the subsistence to the market economy. Continue reading

ILRI clippings, Nov/2014

Dr Kebede Amenu, a lecturer at Hawassa University, has been awarded the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Sub-Saharan Africa by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The purpose of the program is to provide opportunities to post-doctoral researchers from Sub-Saharan Africa to conduct co-operative research within the region, under the guidance of a host research institution. Continue reading

Safe Food Fair Food, Nov/2014

Women all over Ethiopia process milk into butter in rural households, perhaps with the exception of areas where consumption of milk in coffee or tea is common. The LIVES project has been experimenting with different butter churns to find ways to reduce the labour burden on women. Continue reading

LIVES, Nov/2014

Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), provided a vision of what livestock production in the developing world will look like in 2054, 40 years from now. He presented this on the first of a two-day conference being held this week (6–7 Nov 2014) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to mark the 40-year anniversary of ILRI. Continue reading

ILRI news blog, Nov/2014