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Smallholders and the livestock revolution

Smallholders and the livestock revolution

Goats being herded near a water point in Wajir, northern Kenya (photo credit: Riccardo Gangale).

‘Livestock production in smallholder systems exists throughout the developing world in a great variety of forms. Farm animals contribute considerably to the livelihood strategies of the poor and can be an important source of income.

‘Livestock keeping can also make a vital contribution to household…

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Cold dawns and blistered feet: The art of tracking Gabra herders in the Chalbi Desert

Cold dawns and blistered feet: The art of tracking Gabra herders in the Chalbi Desert

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Crossing the Chalbi Desert, in northern Kenya (photo credit: Claire Okell/ILRI).

‘It’s cold when I open my eyes. And still dark. Groping for my glasses I squash them on my nose and look up. The stars are enjoying their final twilight hour. Somewhere a lamb bleats and a mother returns its call. All else is quiet.

‘There is a muffled grunt as I bid good morning to my fellow team members in their…

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A family transports their goats to a safer place in the flood affected Morigaon district of Assam state, India on August 27, 2014. (EPA)

fotojournalismus:

A family transports their goats to a safer place in the flood affected Morigaon district of Assam state, India on August 27, 2014. (EPA)

Investing in Africa’s livestock sector

Investing in Africa’s livestock sector

Africa’s consumption of animal protein is skyrocketing. Most rural households are poor and keep livestock. Africa’s growth in demand for animal protein can provide major business opportunities and also greatly reduce poverty.

Only 5-20% of Africa’s livestock keepers are business-oriented, with incentives to tap into the growing market for animal protein. The remainder keep animals more for the…

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Global pig and hunger maps published on Vox.com

Global pig and hunger maps published on Vox.com

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‘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 population and the relatively low cost of pork make it…

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New studies on MERS coronavirus and camels in eastern Africa published

New studies on MERS coronavirus and camels in eastern Africa published

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Part of a large camel herd in northern Kenya; on the outskirts of Marsabit and Moyale, the average distances to watering points run into dozens of kilometres (photo credit: Ann Weru/IRIN).

Written by Dan Klotz

Two new papers on MERS coronavirus and camels in Eastern Africa have been published in the science journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Summary points

  • Studies find that camels in Egypt,…

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Wildlife populations are declining dramatically in Kenya’s Kajiado County

Wildlife populations are declining dramatically in Kenya’s Kajiado County

Kitengela rangeland in Kenya: Wildlife and livestock

Wildlife and livestock still share the rangelands of Kitengela, on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann).

‘Wildlife populations are declining severely in many protected areas and unprotected pastoral areas of Africa, researchers from leading universities and international research institutes said.

‘”Rapid large-scale land use changes, poaching, climate change, rising…

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