Consultancy: Scientific Project Manager, livestock health

Are you an experienced Scientific Project Manager, with a background in veterinary science? Supporting Evidence Based Interventions (SEBI), a project based at the University of Edinburgh, is seeking a consultant to be involved in the implementation and delivery of a project designed to improve the health and productivity of livestock smallholder farmers in specific sub-Saharan African countries. SEBI is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).

The consultancy will be for a period of 1 year and on a half time basis in the first instance.


The main focus of the proposed work will be to project manage the assessment of technology interventions for development and transfer to target geographies. This includes:

  • Expert advice on specific veterinary projects, in particular, immunological projects. These will be run by an international team with the consultant project managing the delivery;
  • Oversee the development and conduct of experiments and trials and manage the progression of these projects in line with SEBI’s deliverables to the BMGF;
  • Assist with project design, data interpretation and writing of reports.
  • Assist in managing complex relationships with multi-stakeholder teams.

If you are interested please email Prof A Peters, SEBI Director for further details.

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Integrating gender into livestock projects: How data can help

By Jac Davis

The success of livestock projects can depend on how well they address gender gaps. Differences between men and women’s social roles and responsibilities can have large impacts on how livestock projects are implemented and maintained. But the exact effects of these gender differences may vary from project to project.  Data collection, and data collaboration, can help uncover and predict the role of gender in livestock projects.

Why include gender in livestock projects? Read more

Work with the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH)

The Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH) is seeking candidates for two exciting new positions based in Edinburgh, UK. CTLGH supports programs that improve livestock-based livelihoods in the tropics. It is a strategic alliance of The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland’s Rural College and the International Livestock Research Institute.

More information: 

Photo: ILRI Biotechnology researchers in laboratory. P. Karaimu (ILRI).

Report from Rome: Livestock modelers band together to answer Big Questions

LD4D member Gareth Salmon reports back from a week of fruitful discussions with an international group of livestock data modelers at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome. 

To answer big questions relating to livestock, the Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D) community has convened a working group on Livestock Modelling. At the end of May, I visited the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, for a workshop organised by the working group, and met with key technical people who work on livestock modelling, to discuss how to share and consolidate information and methods to increase the efficiency and accuracy of global livestock modelling efforts. The meeting helped identify ways to harness the efforts and energy of a diverse community of experts. Read more

Livestock fact check: watch the webinar

Unearthing the data behind the most prevalent livestock facts

On June 8 2018 LD4D hosted an online discussion to launch a set of factsheets and discuss the provenance of popular livestock facts, recognise gaps in knowledge, and get up to speed on the latest figures. Watch the recorded webinar and read a summary of the discussion below.

Watch the recorded webinar

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Why check the facts?

Livestock is often at the centre of economic, social and environmental discussions, but popular facts are not always rooted in reliable data. Read more

Livestock fact check: new series delves into data behind popular figures

by Vanessa Meadu

Facts around livestock feature prominently in debates about the economy, environment and human health, but some of the most commonly cited facts are not rooted in clear evidence. That’s why the Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D) community of experts are investigating the most widespread claims. Their findings are published today in the first of a series of factsheets known as Livestock Fact Check. Read more

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

Nigeria faces a dairy dilemma. The most populous country in Africa needs to feed its 186 million people (and counting). Dairy products are a critical part of diets, particularly for young children, and Nigeria annually consumes 1.7 million tonnes of milk. However, domestic production only generates one-third of this, so over 1 million tonnes of milk must be imported annually, at a cost of US$ 480 million (source: PWC 2016).

Improving Nigeria’s dairy value chain is a complex task, and increasing production is an important piece of the puzzle. This means investing in healthier, more productive animals – but where to start?

To tackle this issue, 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.

Read the full story on the SEBI website

Photo credit: S. Mann (ILRI)