livestock systems

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

The Butcher, by Marc Chagall, 1910 (via Wikipaintings). Should you become vegetarian to help mitigate against global warming? Well, you could, or you might try just eating less meat, if you’re one of some 1 billion people chronically eating too much food. On the other hand, you might try helping some 1 billion small-scale livestock … Continue reading

ILRI clippings, Apr/2014

The farmyard, by Marc Chagall, 1954 (via Wikipaintings). Without big interventions, the future of food security looks bleak. So says an article in One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World Website. The clear message from . . . the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report is the urgent need for farmers to adapt to a changing … Continue reading

ILRI clippings, Apr/2014

Tara Garnet, of the Food Climate Research Network (FCRN), at Oxford University, recently highlighted a paper published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The paper, Biomass use, production, feed efficiencies, and greenhouse gas emissions from global livestock systems, is written by livestock scientists at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI, Kenya) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO, Australia). Continue reading

ILRI clippings, Apr/2014

On 27 Feb 2014, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and partners convened a meeting of actors in the pig sector in Nagaland, India, to review policies that could better support pig farming in the state.
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ILRI clippings, Mar/2014

On 27 Feb 2014, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and partners convened a meeting of actors in the pig sector in Nagaland, India, to review policies that could better support pig farming in the state.
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ILRI clippings, Mar/2014

Napier grass (aka ‘elephant grass’), a major feed supplement for dairy cows and other ruminant animals in Kenya (photo credit: Jeff Haskins). Even though research has shown that [greenhouse gas] GHG emissions from the Western world far outweigh those from the developing world, livestock keeping methods in Africa are increasingly becoming a key subject. Europe, … Continue reading

ILRI clippings, Mar/2014

January’s Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) was the venue for a panel session on sustainable livestock organized as part of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock. The session was run as a facilitated discussion, engaging both a panel of five experts and the 80 or so participants attending. Following panelist interventions, the discussion … Continue reading

ILRI clippings, Feb/2014

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research for Adapting Livestock Systems to Climate Change announces three calls for proposals in support of its research program on livestock production and health in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

They are: (i) understanding parasitic disease transmission and control strategies to improve animal and human health; (ii) promoting resilience in East Africa by enhancing diagnostic medicine for diseases of camels; and (iii) support for young researchers in Senegal, Niger, and the Gambia (TIRI Team Scholars).

The application deadlines are 30 August 2013 for TIRI, and 15 September 2013 for research proposals on parasitic diseases and camel diseases. Link

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Researchers from the Department of Animal Science in Makerere University were excited, and with good reason, as they surveyed pasture land that had been corralled off in Nakosongala in the cattle corridor of Uganda. The team had been looking at options to improve livestock water productivity (LWP) in the Nile Basin. To their surprise, a carpet of solid vegetation now covered the expanse of land, affirming their Ethiopian colleague’s suggestion that corralling cattle every night over a two-week period would ...

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On Friday, 18 January 2013, Jeroen Dijkman, an internationally recognized authority on agricultural innovation systems and rural development practice and planning, will give a ‘livestock live talk’ seminar on ‘People, the planet, and sustainable livestock’, at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), in Nairobi, Kenya.

View the event announcement:
[slideshare id=16018905&doc=jeroemlivestocklivetalk-130116055327-phpapp02]

He was previously the director of an Enabling Innovation Theme of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and the senior officer of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Pro-Poor Live...

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Alan Duncan
Senior Livestock Scientist
Randall Ritzema
Scientist - Systems Analysis
Sapna Jarial
Special Project Scientist- Livestock System Research

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Kenya's improved Boran cattle breed

People working on livestock systems

Alan Duncan
Senior Livestock Scientist
Randall Ritzema
Scientist - Systems Analysis
Sapna Jarial
Special Project Scientist- Livestock System Research