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2013-12-03 04:24:10

Groundbreaking Collaboration of International Organizations Aims to Leverage Genomes of 100 African Orphan Crops To Improve Nutrition NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC) today opened the African Plant Breeding Academy to help improve the livelihoods of Africa's smallholder farmers and their families, reduce hunger and boost Africa's food supply. AOCC's goal is to use the latest scientific equipment and techniques to genetically...

2012-07-05 10:21:12

Maps reveal animal-borne disease as heavy burden for 1 billion of world's poor; new evidence on zoonotic emerging disease hotspots in US and Western Europe A new global study mapping human-animal diseases like tuberculosis (TB) and Rift Valley fever finds that an "unlucky" 13 zoonoses are responsible for 2.4 billion cases of human illness and 2.2 million deaths per year. The vast majority occur in low- and middle-income countries. The report, which was conducted by the International...

2012-02-20 20:23:17

Africa will benefit greatly from advances in livestock science that will benefit the animals and the people they provide with high quality protein, said scientists here Sunday. Panelists addressed the hopes and challenges of modernizing livestock production in Sub-Saharan Africa during the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Vancouver, B.C. "We explored how implementing new technologies will benefit society," said University of Idaho animal scientist...

2011-10-21 13:42:31

As livestock deaths mount, a small group of herders in Northern Kenya´s Marsabit District is first to benefit from program that tracks forage conditions via satellite In the midst of a drought-induced food crisis affecting millions in the Horn of Africa, an innovative insurance program for poor livestock keepers is making its first payouts today, providing compensation for some 650 insured herders in northern Kenya's vast Marsabit District who have lost up to a third of their animals....

2011-08-23 18:08:00

As hunger spreads among more than 12 million people in the Horn of Africa, a study by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) of the response to Kenya's last devastating drought, in 2008-2009, finds that investments aimed at increasing the mobility of livestock herders — a way of life often viewed as "backward" despite being the most economical and productive use of Kenya's drylands — could be the key to averting future food crises in arid lands. The report, "An...

2011-06-14 12:51:05

New approach to Rift Valley fever outbreaks aims to ensure food safety as region boosts livestock imports from Africa With increased trade in livestock products offering a possible antidote to high food prices, livestock experts from the Middle East and 12 African countries are meeting this week in Dubai to develop a strategy that eliminates the need to impose devastating bans on livestock imports from the Horn of Africa, as prevention against the spread of Rift Valley fever. The strategy...

2011-05-16 19:53:59

An international research team using a new combination of approaches has found two genes that may prove of vital importance to the lives and livelihoods of millions of farmers in a tsetse fly-plagued swathe of Africa the size of the United States. The team's results were published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The research, aimed at finding the biological keys to protection from a single-celled trypanosome parasite that causes both African sleeping...

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2011-02-11 14:25:00

According to a report released on Friday, a growing number of livestock are fueling new animal epidemics around the world and posing more severe problems in developing countries as it threatens their food security. Epidemics in recent years, like SARS and the H1N1 swine flu, are estimated to have caused billions of dollars in economic costs. The report by the International Livestock Research Institute said that about 700 million people keep farm animals in developing countries and these...

2011-02-10 20:22:49

Research released at conference calls for thinking through the health impacts of agricultural intensification to control epidemics that are decimating herds and endangering humans Increasing numbers of domestic livestock and more resource-intensive production methods are encouraging animal epidemics around the world, a problem that is particularly acute in developing countries, where livestock diseases present a growing threat to the food security of already vulnerable populations, according...

2010-10-26 22:20:03

As agricultural leaders across the globe look for ways to increase investments in agriculture to boost world food production, experts in African livestock farming are meeting in Addis Ababa this week to deliberate on ways to get commercialized farm production, access to markets, innovations, gender issues and pro-poor policies right for Africa's millions of small-scale livestock farmers and herders. More than 70 percent of Africa's rural poor are livestock farmers. Each farm animal raised is...