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The 2015 ReSAKSS (Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System) Annual Conference will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on September 1-3, 2015. Continue reading

ILRI clippings, Jul/2015

A new ILRI research brief shows that a livestock marketing information system (LMIS) has improved access to animal marketing information and helped increase trading in livestock in Somaliland. Continue reading

ILRI clippings, Jun/2015

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

Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), gave a keynote presentation at the 16th Asian Australasian Animal Production Congress, held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 10–14 Nov 2014. The overall theme of the congress was ambitious: 'Sustainable livestock production in the perspective of food security, policy, genetic resources and climate change'. Smith's plenary keynote, given as part of a series of ILRI activities to mark the 40-year anniversary of the institute, was titled 'Livestock policy paradoxes: Promulgating a crisis? Or providing a solution?' Continue reading

ILRI news blog, Jan/2015

What, or who, is a smallholder farmer? What is the ongoing retail revolution in developing countries all about? Are small-scale farmers involved? Two agricultural economists, Derek Baker, formerly of ILRI and now at the University of New England (UNE), in Australia, and Jo Cadilhon, of ILRI, help us think this through in a presentation they made at the GLOBALG.A.P. Summit in Abu Dhabi this week. Continue reading

ILRI news blog, Oct/2014

In Jun 2014 three agricultural economists working with the International Livestock Research Institute presented case studies at the World Forum of the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) in Cape Town, South Africa. The main lesson from the two cases presented is that by training farmers, processors and other stakeholders supporting agribusiness development, African talent can create new products and innovative processes that help feed African markets with African products. Continue reading

ILRI news blog, Jun/2014

Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) gave a keynote presentation this morning (17 Oct 2013) at the opening of the Global Animal Health Conference, ‘Developing global animal health products to support food security and sustainability’, in Arlington, Virginia. Smith began his presentation, ‘Global health and sustainable food security: Why the [...]

ILRI news blog, Oct/2013
Batch of Somali goats
Batch of export quality Somali goats (photo credit: Terra Nuova).

Somalia is the largest exporter of live animals from Africa. The country, however, does not have a formal system of grading livestock and livestock products. Such a system is needed to enforce quality control for...
Livestock Markets Digest, Dec/2012

Maize harvest in the village home of Jashvir Singh Tomar, in northern India, which ILRI scientists visited during a field day held as part of a workshop to develop a tool for feed technology screening and prioritization in Dehradun, India (photo credit: ILRI/Peter Ballantyne).

New research by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) shows that, regarding...

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Illustration in a manual produced in 2007 by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO): A Practical Manual for Producers and Exporters from Asia. For many producers, the market for certified agricultural products is very complex and the advantages and requirements associated with the numerous certification programmes are not always clear. In addition, producers do not always know the difference between the compulsory or voluntary nature of standards applied to export products. This

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Edgar Edwin Twine
Post Doctoral Fellow - Value Chain Economist
Sirak Bahta
Agricultural Economist

People working on trade

Edgar Edwin Twine
Post Doctoral Fellow - Value Chain Economist
Sirak Bahta
Agricultural Economist