A4NH / Agri-Health / AHH / East Africa / Food Safety / Health (human) / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Pigs / Uganda

Biogas production takes off at Wambizzi abattoir in Kampala

Generating biogas from organic waste could provide two important benefits addressing public health challenges: it can generate clean power (methane for cooking and electricity) as well as reduce the pathogen burden at the slaughter house premises leading to less cross-contamination and rendering slaughter waste into a product safe to use as fertilizer or even animal feeds. Continue reading

A4NH / Agri-Health / AHH / Animal Products / East Africa / Ethiopia / Food Safety / Germany / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Small Ruminants / zoonotic diseases

Hawassa University scientist awarded DAAD Postdoctoral Fellowship to improve milk safety through research in Ethiopia

Dr Kebede Amenu, a lecturer at Hawassa University, has been awarded the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Sub-Saharan Africa by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The purpose of the program is to provide opportunities to post-doctoral researchers from Sub-Saharan Africa to conduct co-operative research within the region, under the guidance of a host research institution. Continue reading

A4NH / Agri-Health / AHH / Animal Products / East Africa / Food Safety / Germany / Health (human) / Pigs / Uganda / zoonotic diseases

Flies and pork – a love story

Flies are attracted to meat – especially pork. And they aren’t the only ones to have this craving: Most people in Uganda really like pork – as is evidenced by Uganda’s having the highest pork consumption per person of all East-African countries (FAO, 2011). This relationship spurred a research project in May 2014 run by the PhD candidate, Martin Heilmann, who is himself attracted to insects in general. Thus, our love story comes full circle. The project, which tries to assess the risk of flies as cross-contaminators, was developed by the Institute of Parasitology and Tropical Veterinary Medicine at Freie Universität Berlin (FUB), funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health and the BMZ funded “Safe Food, Fair Food” project in Uganda which is led by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Continue reading

A4NH / Agri-Health / AHH / Animal Products / East Africa / Food Safety / Health (human) / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Pigs / Uganda / zoonotic diseases

From (bio)mass to (bio)gas – or: how to efficiently utilize urban slaughter waste

The problem of slaughter waste management and its relevance to public health in Uganda has not yet been described in the literature. Zoonotic pathogens on contaminated carcasses such as E. coli, Salmonella and Cryptosporidium can be directly transmitted to meat handlers and consumers; but they can also have an indirect impact. Diseases can also be … Continue reading

A4NH / Agri-Health / AHH / Animal Products / East Africa / Food Safety / Health (human) / Kenya / Knowledge and Information / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Pigs / Uganda / zoonotic diseases

Safe Food, Fair Food at Tropentag 2014

Tropentag is a major annual conference on tropical agriculture in Central Europe. This year, to mark 40 years of international livestock research, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) held a side event at the conference to showcase its work. A poster on the Safe Food, Fair Food project was presented during a special ILRI poster … Continue reading

A4NH / AHH / Dairying / East Africa / Food Safety / ILRI / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Safe Food, Fair Food project trains Tanzanian students and lab technicians on milk quality testing

Four university students and three laboratory technicians from Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Morogoro and Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Moshi, Tanzania successfully completed a week-long training workshop on microbiological assessment of milk quality and safety. Continue reading

A4NH / Agri-Health / AHH / Animal Diseases / Animal Health / East Africa / Food Safety / Germany / ILRI / Pigs / Uganda / zoonotic diseases

ILRI/Makerere postdoctoral scientist awarded TWAS-DFG cooperation visit to Germany

Joseph Erume, a researcher at Makerere University, has been awarded a three-month cooperation visit to the Friedrich Loeffler Institute (FLI) in Jena, Germany starting 10 June 2014. Through this visit, he will continue his research work on seroprevalence and molecular characterization of Brucella suis in pigs in central Uganda which he started under the Safe Food, Fair Food and Smallholder Pig Value Chains Development projects. Continue reading

A4NH / Agri-Health / AHH / Animal Diseases / Animal Products / East Africa / Food Safety / Germany / Health (human) / ILRI / Knowledge and Information / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Pigs / Uganda / zoonotic diseases

Project partners conduct training of pig meat inspectors for safer harvesting in pig value chains in Uganda

The Safe Food, Fair Food (SFFF) project is promoting food safety in informal markets through the application of risk-based approaches. In Uganda, the project is aligned with work on developing smallholder pig value chains (SPVCD). Assessments conducted in 2012-13 by the International Research Institute (ILRI) and partners showed that the pig industry in Uganda is … Continue reading

A4NH / Agri-Health / AHH / Animal Products / East Africa / Food Safety / Health (human) / Uganda / zoonotic diseases

More than 50 Ugandan pig farmers amazed about the life cycle of the pork tapeworm

This week the Ugandan national newspaper Daily Monitor published an article on a two-day training organized by Pig Production and Marketing Ltd Uganda (PPM). In the past, Ugandan farmers who wanted to upgrade their piggery or considered venturing into the business found it hard to access learning materials they could use to develop a piggery. … Continue reading

A4NH / Agri-Health / AHH / Animal Products / East Africa / Ethiopia / Food Safety / Germany / Health (human) / LIVESTOCK-FISH / zoonotic diseases

German partners conduct hands-on training of meat inspectors from across Ethiopia for safe harvesting in the small ruminant value chain

A 5-day training entitled “Hands-On Training on Harvesting in the Small Ruminant Value Chain in Ethiopia” was conducted to 23 meat inspection veterinarians and meat inspectors from different regions of Ethiopia, including Tigray, Borena, Oromia, Amhara, Dire Dawa and Addis Ababa. The training was conducted by our German partners and advisors from the Faculty of Veterinary … Continue reading