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Gone are the days when the development debate focused exclusively on humanitarian assistance. Some rapidly growing developing economies are trying to ensure the poorest households benefit from growth. And in Ethiopia, where approximately 70% of the rural households possess cattle, sheep and goats, livestock is officially at the centre of that debate. Over the last … Continue reading

ILRI news blog, Jul/2015

K24 Journalist Violet Otindo highlights the changing fortunes of dairy farmers using Brachiaria grasses to feed their animals in Kenya. Preliminary data from dairy farmers participating in on-farm evaluations of Brachiaria grasses in Kenya shows that the nutritious grasses contribute to increased milk production. The on-going research program on Climate-smart Brachiaria Grasses to Increase  Livestock [...]

Beca-ILRI Hub, Jun/2015

In 2014, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) carried out a ‘Review of successes and failures of dairy value chain development interventions in Tanzania’, to identify the best interventions and strategies to pilot that are pro-poor, gender-sensitive and environmentally sustainable. Continue reading

Livestock and Fish, Jun/2015

Data from the first round of a household survey evaluating the impact of the Index-Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) in Marsabit, Kenya is now available. Continue reading

IBLI, Jun/2015

Data from household surveys conducted by the Index Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) project in the Borena Zone of Ethiopia is now available online. Continue reading

IBLI, Jun/2015

A new research brief by ILRI demonstrates that index insurance shows considerable promise, especially in settings where conventional insurance to cover potentially catastrophic herd losses does not exist. Continue reading

IBLI, Jun/2015

In an article published on 2 March 2015 in Reactions magazine online, Victoria Beckett reports that '[r]ecent technology has allowed satellite imagery to assess weather damage' and [o]ver the last few years "index-based livestock insurance (IBLI)" has provided insured pastoralists across Africa with a pay-out in times of drought, based on predicted rather than actual livestock deaths.' Continue reading

IBLI, Mar/2015

Recently, there has been much excitement around the use of index-based insurance as an alternative to conventional insurance products that may extend the rural poor’s access to formal insurance coverage in developing countries. Continue reading

IBLI, Feb/2015

Migrant pastoralists on the arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL) of East Africa are among the poorest and most vulnerable people on earth. Most of their economic activity is based around livestock herding and management. Continue reading

IBLI, Feb/2015

A growing, international network of researchers and policymakers, clustered around a central hub at the International Livestock Research Institute (Nairobi, Kenya) has been developing a new wave of policy innovations and research on pastoralist livelihoods on the arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL) of East Africa.
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IBLI, Jun/2015


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Team Leader Herd Health
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