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

Africa / Agriculture / Asia / CCAFS / CGIAR / Environment / ILRI / Livestock Systems / Report / SLS

Global study gives options for improving manure management policies and practices

A global assessment of livestock manure policies was performed din 34 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, followed by an in-depth assessment of manure management practices in Argentina, Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Malawi and Vietnam. This global assessment provided not only insights on manure management and the barriers for improvement. Continue reading

Agriculture / CCAFS / CGIAR / Climate Change / Data / Environment / ILRI / Kenya / SLS

Mazingira Centre to generate more cost-effective and precise greenhouse gas emissions measurements for Kenya

A state-of-the-art lab at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) enables scientists to measure emissions from a full range of sources in Kenya, including livestock; manure management systems; smallholder farms; and land uses such as forests, tea and timber plantations. Continue reading