Agriculture / Drylands / Resilience

A triple whammy: avoiding a leak future for semi-arid regions

Building economic resilience in semi-arid regions: what role for the sustainable development goals? As the world adopts the sustainable development goals (SDGs) to help drive the implementation of sustainable development, it is imperative that these must do more to consider how economic resilience can be built in semi-arid regions. Continue reading

Agriculture / Article / East Africa / Environment / Farming Systems / Kenya / Livestock Systems / Livestock-Water / Rangelands / SLS / Water / WLE

New study reveals trends in water and land use in livestock production

A new study that analysed changes associated with direct and indirect use of freshwater and land for meat and milk production in Kenya over a 20-year period has established that the demand for water and land for meat and milk production is mainly determined by the total numbers, feed conversion efficiency and diet composition of livestock. Continue reading

Agriculture / CCAFS / Climate Change / East Africa / Farming Systems / Food security / SLS / West Africa

Why are some farmers more food secure than others? New study explores

A study, led by researchers based at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), decided to look at what contributes to food security within a household and what others can learn from these families. The team also wanted to explore whether there are gender differentiated responses to climate change. Continue reading

Agriculture / CGIAR / Climate Change / Environment / Farming Systems / ILRI / Interview / Livestock Systems / SLS

‘Hard talk’ on impacts of livestock, people and environment research at ILRI

On 28 May 2014, Brian Perry, a former program leader at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and a well-known analyst of livestock-for-development issues, engaged four senior scientists from ILRI’s Livestock Systems and Environment (LSE) program in a ‘hard talk’ interview on the role, relevance and impacts of ILRI’s research in livestock systems and the environment. Continue reading

Agriculture / Article / CGIAR / Drought / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / Environment / ILRI / Resilience / SLS

Measuring resilience: How can we quantify the impact of investments on enhancing resilience?

One of the focus areas of the Livestock Systems and Environment (LSE) program at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) through the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems is on adaptation and resilience. Here, the objective is to build capacity for adaptation to environmental change and resilient development processes among farmers and livestock keepers. Over … Continue reading