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Better data on livestock disease may unlock Nigeria’s dairy dilemma

Sheep and lamb in Nigeria
The University of Edinburgh Supporting Evidence Based Interventions (SEBI) project has been supporting a study of the most impactful livestock diseases in Nigeria, starting with cattle and small ruminants in 7 Northern states.

Livestock: a pathway out of poverty, but only with better data

Bill Gates meets the SEBI team
“Great science is helping to turn livestock into a pathway out of poverty for hundreds of millions of people,” declared Bill Gates, reaffirming what livestock researchers have always known. But while “we have a lot of tools [such as] breeding, gene editing, vaccines… the lack of data makes us pretty uncertain about the right way to go,” he said. To make an impact, we need better data.

SEBI Communications and Knowledge Exchange Specialist

LD4D secretariat, SEBI, have created a new post - Communication and Knowledge Exchange Specialist, to lead SEBI and LD4D communication, facilitate knowledge exchange and build the LD4D community.

LiveGAPS 2 new website

The Livegaps2 project has created a new website LiveGAPS 2 with the latest update on project developments.

October 2017 - Livestock Facts Update

Louise Donnison, SEBI data analyst, attended LD4D at the GLAD meeting at ILRI, Kenya in October 2017.

Linked Open Data in Ariculture

Louise Donnison, SEBI data analyst, attended a 2 day workshop in Berlin on Linked Open Data in Agriculture.

LD4D takes on CGIAR’s Big Data in Agriculture Livestock Community of Practice

Karen Smyth attended the CGIAR’s Big Data in Agriculture Convention which took place in Cali, Colombia in September 2017.

New Vacancies

SEBI are delighted to be offering 2 exciting new posts.

SEBI in the spotlight

SEBI was in the news this week with the project receiving coverage across a range of media outlets.

SEBI collaborations with UC Davis

Karen Smyth, SEBI Deputy Director, met with Woutrina Smith, Young Stock Mortality Project, University of California and Patricia Conrad, Co-Director, University of California Global Health Institute, to discuss SEBI and UC Davis’s activities in Ethiopia.

June 2017 LD4D – Developing the community

The Livestock Data for Decision (LD4D) community of practice held its first dedicated meeting in June 2017 in Edinburgh.

SEBI External Advisory Panel (EAP) inception meeting

The SEBI External Advisory Panel held its inception meeting in Edinburgh in June 2017.

University of Glasgow’s surveillance platform launch in Tanzania

Thirty participants met for the launch of the University of Glasgow’s surveillance platform project at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha, Tanzania on 5 May 2017.

Livestock Vaccine Innovation Fund (LVIF) application review meeting

Prof Andy Peters, chair of the Expert Advisory Panel (EAP) of the Governing Council of the International Development Research Canada (IDRC) met in April 2017 in Ottawa to consider applications for the second call under the LVIF programme which was on the theme of veterinary vaccine improvement.

Meeting the team at Guelph

Prof Andy Peters visited Dr Suresh Neethirajan at the university of Guelph in April to discuss the start of a SEBI funded project to field test a new hand held diagnostic device for bovine disease.

LD4D goes live!

Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D) has gone live!

Technological developments at IAEA

Cheryl Heath and Karen Smyth visited IAEA in April where they attended a conference on diagnostic techniques for detection of animal and zoonotic diseases.

Dai drops in to meet the team

Dai Harvey, Land o’Lakes visited the SEBI team to discuss his livestock breeding project.

CSIRO visit to Edinburgh

The SEBI team was pleased to host Brendan Power, CSIRO on a 2 day visit to Edinburgh.

Insights into livestock health and mortality in Ethiopia

SEBI team members Cheryl Heath and Alan Duncan visited Ethiopia on a data gathering exercise.

SEBI and University of Guelph sign on the dotted line

Researchers at the University of Guelph have been awarded $125,000 under SEBI Programme 3 to fund field trials to test a portable hand held instrument that can detect animal diseases.

Contract completion- SEBI fund University of Glasgow’s surveillance platform

The University of Glasgow has received funding of $1.14m through SEBI Program 1 to building a surveillance platform that will allow for the development and long-term evaluation of the animal health interventions in a sustainable way.

SEBI systems coming together

SEBI has been experimenting with the  business intelligence tool Tableau, to create visualizations from harmonized data stored in the SEBI database.

SEBI Project has been launched!

The SEBI project was officially launched at a convening in Rome in January 2017.

Introduction to the international livestock modelling community

SEBI Deputy Director, Karen Smyth attended a workshop at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi 16 & 17 December 2016 to learn more about the work of IMPACT model, as part of the collaboration between IFPRI (International Food Policy Research Institute) and ILRI under the Global Futures and Strategic Foresight program.

SEBI goes down under

Mario Herrero and his team at CSIRO, Brisbane hosted Cheryl Heath in November 2016.

Monitoring and Evaluation with BAIF

Cheryl Heath visited Dr Pande and his team at BAIF Development Research Foundation, Pune, India, in November 2016.

Isaac Olorunshola, Univeristy of Ilorin knowledge exchange visit to SEBI

Isaac Olorunshola, Department of Veterinary Microbiology at the University of Ilorin visited SEBI as part of a data gathering and knowledge exchange exercise.