For people living in absolute poverty and chronic hunger, the solution is not to rid the world of livestock, but to find ways to farm animals more efficiently and more sustainably
Originally posted on imGoats:
Goat rearing is an enterprise that is both suitable for poor households who own little or no land, and is resilient to climate change. Goats largely browse shrubs which are more tolerant of rainfall variations than the grasses eaten more by sheep, cattle and buffalo. The project, Small ruminant value chains…
Originally posted on Feeding innovation:
In the hills of Uttarakhand climate change is leading to reduced water from snow-melt being availability for irrigation and more extreme weather events. This is making crop production difficult and some crop land is being abandoned. Men are migrating to find work and many of the women remaining in the…
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) recently held the 2nd international conference on Agricultural and Rural Development in Southeast Asia (ARD2014) on 12-13 November 2014 in Manila, Philippines. This high-level conference addressed the theme, ‘Strengthening resilience, equity, and integration in ASEAN food and agriculture systems’. Key issues discussed at the meeting were productivity improvement, inclusive value chains, sustainability and poverty reduction, food security and food safety, institutions and governance and regional cooperation and integration. More than 450 representatives from international development agencies, research centres, academic institutions, governments and civil society attended the meeting.
The world is facing numerous health issues including the emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases. The Southeast Asia region is a hot spot for emerging infectious diseases that present serious socio-economic, environmental and development challenges. This brief summarizes work by International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and partners on One Health and Ecohealth in Southeast Asia.
This year (2014) is a milestone for the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) as it marks 40 years of livestock research. On 1 October, ILRI headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya marked ‘ILRI@40’ with a conference on livestock-based options for development.
Two weeks later, on 13 October, ILRI in East and Southeast Asia celebrated 40 years of ILRI’s research by holding a gala dinner at Melia Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam on the sidelines of a three-day One Health workshop, which ILRI co-organized.
What is One Health? Why is it important to talk about it? And why should we use it in livestock sector development? These questions were addressed in-depth at the European–Southeast Asian experts One Health in action workshop in Hanoi, Vietnam on 13-15 October 2014.
To address current challenges related to disease emergence in livestock and humans, new integrated approaches are needed to promote collaboration between actors and groups towards more effective control. Southeast Asia is considered a hotspot for diseases emergence as demonstrated by the emergence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Such …