Is Africas “silent epidemic” an emergency in Kenya?

In the months since COVID-19 began and measures including lockdown effected, there have been increased cases of domestic violence reported. Jobs have been lost and livelihoods wiped away. This is a pointer to increased stress and depression. Prior to that, on Jan 5, 2020, a church service in Mombasa turned bloody after the pastor stabbed … Continue reading Is Africas “silent epidemic” an emergency in Kenya?

It’s Just PR: how to slay the corruption dragon

Reforms. Credibility. Efficiency. Three words that might as well be the legacy of Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’is tour of duty at the helm of Kenya’s education sector. Shock, anger and pain are the emotions his actions elicit. In one short year, he has changed the school calendar, paid impromptu visits to schools and overhauled the … Continue reading It’s Just PR: how to slay the corruption dragon

Improved animal feed equals increased dairy incomes in Bihar

Anuj Kumar Jha, a very young farmer of Kalyanpur village, Sarairanjan block, Samastipur district of Bihar. He only has 0.5 acre of agricultural land and was unsure about what to do with scarce land and unemployment. All that changed in 2011, when he met ILRI-CSISA people in livestock training and shared his concerns with them. … Continue reading Improved animal feed equals increased dairy incomes in Bihar

Woman farmer celebrates better life through livestock in Odisha, India

Pravati is the secretary of the Kapila Muni women Milk Society under local government cooperative society (Orissa State Cooperative Milk Producers’ Federation (OMFED)) in Barandua village. She is also the only trained artificial insemination expert providing services to farmers under the ILRI portion of the Cereal System Initiatives for South Asia (CSISA) Project in that … Continue reading Woman farmer celebrates better life through livestock in Odisha, India

Strike turns Indian farmer to an overnight dairy feed businessman

The seemingly sleepy village at the end of the road is not so sleepy after all. Guagadia village produced an overnight entrepreneur, one who had never imagined he would ever do anything beyond feeding his dairy cattle, milking them and selling the milk to the local dairy Orissa State Cooperative Milk Producers’ Federation (OMFED). When … Continue reading Strike turns Indian farmer to an overnight dairy feed businessman

Barbara Wieland joins ILRI’s Animal Science for Sustainable Productivity team

Barbara Wieland joined the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) on 5 January 2015 as team leader herd health in the Animal Science for Sustainable Productivity (ASSP) program. Wieland is a Swiss national who graduated as a veterinarian at the University of Bern.   She did her post-doctoral fellowship  in  the UK in a joint position … Continue reading Barbara Wieland joins ILRI’s Animal Science for Sustainable Productivity team