Africa / AHH / Animal Diseases / Animal Health / ASF / Capacity Development / Capacity Strengthening / East Africa / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Pigs / PIL / Uganda / Value Chains

Uganda pig farmers trained in biosecurity measures to control African swine fever

Smallholder pig farmers were recently trained in biosecurity measures to control African swine fever as part of a wider effort to control spread of the disease in Uganda. Continue reading

Agri-Health / AHH / Article / East Africa / Food Safety / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Pigs / PIL / Uganda / Value Chains

New biogas plant improves waste management in Kampala pig abattoir

On 25 February 2015, a newly-constructed biogas plant was handed over to the Wambizzi cooperative as one of the outputs of the smallholder pig value chain projects in Uganda. Construction of the plant was funded by Irish Aid through the ‘More Pork For and By the Poor’ project and by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) through the Safe Food, Fair Food project, both or which are implemented by ILRI in collaboration with Makerere University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (COVAB) Continue reading

A4NH / AHH / CGIAR / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Nutrition

Pursuing nutrition and productivity objectives: Trade-offs and challenges for livestock and fish

In September a workshop on nutrition organized by the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) and the CGIAR Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) considered ways to shape the CGIAR nutrition agenda going into the 2nd cycle of CGIAR research programs. Discussions focused on how CGIAR research could contribute to increasing access to an affordable, nutritious and safe diets. Continue reading

AHH / Animal Diseases / Animal Health / Cattle / East Africa / ECF / ILRI / Livestock / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Tanzania / Vaccines

Journey starts to an improved vaccine to control East Coast fever

On 27-29 January 2014, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) campus in Kenya hosted discussions on ways to ‘wrestle’ the African cattle disease known as East Coast fever to the ground.

Experts from the fields of East Coast fever research, bovine immunology, parasitology and genomics met to discuss how to develop a new-generation vaccine to protect cattle from this lethal disease. A new ‘subunit’ vaccine could better control this disease that is causing farmers distress and uncertainty in countries of eastern, central and southern Africa where it is now endemic. Continue reading

A4NH / Africa / Agri-Health / AHH / Animal Diseases / Animal Health / East Africa / Food Safety / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Pigs / Uganda

Participatory assessment of animal health constraints and husbandry practices in the Ugandan pig production system

From 25 to 29 August 2013, the 14th International Conference of the Association of Institutions for Tropical Veterinary Medicine (AITVM) was held in Johannesburg, South Africa. The animal health work on the Ugandan pig value chains was presented by Michel Dione, postdoctoral scientist under the smallholder pig value chain development project and Kristina Rosel, joint … Continue reading

A4NH / Agri-Health / AHH / Animal Diseases / Animal Health / ASSP / East Africa / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Pigs / Project / Uganda / Value Chains

Documenting disease prevalence in the Uganda pig value chain

A disease prevalence survey in Uganda’s Masaka, Mukono and Kamuli districts was recently undertaken by a team of ILRI researchers and postgraduate students from Makerere University. Led by Michel Dione, a post-doctoral fellow with the Smallholder Pig Value Chains Development (SPVCD) project, the activity contributes to the joint efforts of the SPVCD and Safe Food … Continue reading