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

‘Timothy Robinson and his co-authors put together a series of maps showing the global distribution of various widely eaten animals. This map shows where the world’s pigs live, and makes the point that the taste for delicious pork varies widely around the world. North Americans, Europeans, and Chinese people all eat pigs, but China’s enormous … Continue reading

ILRI clippings, Aug/2014

Ruminant livestock are raised across large parts of Africa where environmental conditions allow. Cattle, sheep, and goats are the most widespread, while camels are restricted to drier areas, particularly in the Horn of Africa and the arid parts of western Africa. These maps of ruminant dis­tribution should, however, be used in conjunction with the livestock production systems map to better under­stand the systems and climate zones where ruminant live­stock are found. The role of livestock varies greatly depending on the production system. Continue reading

ILRI news blog, Jul/2014

Livestock-producing agricultural systems cover 73 percent of Africa and stretch across several climates (Map 1). To some extent, these climates determine what type of farming is practiced. In Africa, livestock-producing systems are broken into two main categories: livestock and mixed crop-livestock. These systems exist in three common African climates: arid/semiarid, humid/subhumid, and temperate/tropical highlands. Continue reading

ILRI news blog, Jul/2014

The Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Development in Tanzania, Hon Titus Mlengeya (MP), has requested the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) to work more closely with Tanzanian research institutions to develop appropriate technologies for fish farming in the country. The request was made at the official opening of the ILRI-Tanzania office on 13 Jun 2014 in Dar es Salaam. Continue reading

ILRI clippings, Jun/2014

The Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Development in Tanzania, Hon Titus Mlengeya (MP) officially opened the ILRI-Tanzania country office on Friday 13 Jun 2014 in Dar es Salaam. Continue reading

ILRI news blog, Jun/2014

A collaborative effort by some of the world’s leading agriculture experts has produced a new set of maps published today in the journal PLoS ONE that provides the most detailed rendition ever produced of the billions of cattle, pigs, poultry and other livestock living in the world today. Continue reading

ILRI news blog, May/2014

Last week, Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), gave a presentation on closing the big livestock yield gaps in developing countries. Smith made his presentation at the Global Food Security Consortium Spring Symposium, held in Ames, Iowa, 29–30 Apr 2014. Continue reading

ILRI news blog, May/2014

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

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Alan Duncan
Senior Livestock Scientist
Birhanu Taddesse Ayana
Research Officer
Iain Wright
Deputy Director General – Integrated Science
Mats Lannerstad
Senior Scientist
Randall Ritzema
Scientist - Systems Analysis

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People working on livestock systems

Alan Duncan
Senior Livestock Scientist
Birhanu Taddesse Ayana
Research Officer
Iain Wright
Deputy Director General – Integrated Science
Mats Lannerstad
Senior Scientist
Randall Ritzema
Scientist - Systems Analysis