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Our vision is to sustainably intensify smallholder livestock systems in order to improve the nutrition, health, livelihoods and incomes of the poor.

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Animal-source foods are commonly lacking in the diets of the poor and vulnerable in developing countries, particularly children and women who need them most. Due to their high content of quality protein and bioavailable micronutrients, increased consumption of animal-source foods can improve the nutritional status as well as the growth, psychomotor functions, cognitive development, and health of children--especially infants under the age of two.

Important causes of low animal-source food consumption include low productivity and profitability of smallholder livestock systems, resulting from low quality and availability of feeds, poor genetics, limited culling rates, high disease incidence (including food-borne and zoonotic diseases), and limited market access or engagement, among others. By generating new innovations and adapting existing ones, our research-for-development and capacity-building activities will help spur sustainable intensification of livestock systems, which will improve household nutrition, food security, and incomes, in addition to the competitiveness of smallholder livestock systems.



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Data collection in Uganda: One goat at a time, rain or shine

by Rogers Adiba, Mercy Corps Uganda ◊ To show impact later, you need to measure what you have at the start. Simple enough. However, conducting research in remote areas requires a diligent team effort and dedication. Amidst the...
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Detecting livestock diseases to improve food security in Uganda

by Jeanne Coffin-Schmitt, Tufts University ◊ Within the remote sub region of Karamoja in northeast Uganda, livestock diseases are an ongoing problem. Further, limited knowledge about the occurrence and spread of diseases such as...
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Peering into the Future of Livestock Systems

Although the future by definition remains unknown, new research techniques are helpful for predicting and understanding potential trends in livestock systems. To this end, a series of workshops are being planned for several countries, following...
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