New study finds that severe undernutrition of cattle increases their methane production
Agriculture / Animal Feeding / Climate Change / Communications / Diet / Environment / GHG Emissions / Kenya / Mazingira

New study finds that severe undernutrition of cattle increases their methane production

Originally posted on Mazingira Centre:
An animal trial in the animal respiration chamber at ILRI’s Mazingira Centre (photo credit: ILRI/ Svenja Marquardt). Livestock production generates significant amounts of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, accounting for about 65% of the total emissions from agriculture globally. Of these emissions, 40% are generated through enteric fermentation, the digestive processes…

Climate-smart livestock systems program kicks off in Kenya’s pastoral rangelands
CCAFS / Climate Change / Drylands / East Africa / Environment / Farming Systems / GHG Emissions / Kenya / Livestock Systems / Pastoralism / Rangelands / SLS

Climate-smart livestock systems program kicks off in Kenya’s pastoral rangelands

As part of efforts to build the capacity of pastoralists and livestock sector stakeholders to respond and adapt to these changes in climate change in rangelands such as Kajiado’s and other livestock production systems in eastern Africa, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is implementing the Programme for Climate Smart Livestock (PCSL) in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. Continue reading

Changing landscapes call for new pathways in livestock development in Ethiopia’s Afar region
Agriculture / CCAFS / Climate Change / Drylands / East Africa / Environment / Ethiopia / Food security / Livestock Systems / LIVESTOCKCRP / Mazingira / Pastoralism / Rangelands / SLS

Changing landscapes call for new pathways in livestock development in Ethiopia’s Afar region

One of the Programme for Climate-Smart Livestock Systems (PCSL) components is exploring climate change adaptation to understand how innovative pastoralists and agropastoralists are changing their practices to interact better with their changing environments. Continue reading

Role of pastoralist social networks in coping with crises: lessons from food aid interventions in Ethiopia
CGIAR / Climate Change / Drought / Drylands / Environment / Ethiopia / Livestock Systems / LIVESTOCKCRP / Pastoralism / Rangelands / Report / Resilience

Role of pastoralist social networks in coping with crises: lessons from food aid interventions in Ethiopia

A recent CGIAR study led by researchers from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) sought to explore issues surrounding aid delivery in pastoral communities, particularly during drought and provide guidance to humanitarian and development aid actors. Continue reading

Healthy rangelands, healthy livestock and healthy people: A fully integrated One Health approach in pastoral Ethiopia
Agriculture / Article / Climate Change / Drylands / Environment / Ethiopia / Farming Systems / Food security / Livestock Systems / LIVESTOCKCRP / Pastoralism / Rangelands / SLS

Healthy rangelands, healthy livestock and healthy people: A fully integrated One Health approach in pastoral Ethiopia

Participatory Rangeland Management is now being integrated into a One Health approach by ILRI (International Livestock Research Institute) and partners VSF-Suisse (Vétérinaires sans Frontières Suisse) and CCM (Comitato Collaborazione Medica). This combines the health of people, livestock and rangelands, and the linkages between them. Continue reading

Highlights of ILRI’s and other Rangelands Initiative partners’ engagement at the 46th Committee on Food Security
Agriculture / Climate Change / Drylands / Event / Food security / ILRI / LIVESTOCKCRP / Pastoralism / Rangelands

Highlights of ILRI’s and other Rangelands Initiative partners’ engagement at the 46th Committee on Food Security

The 46th session of the Committee on Food Security was held between 14-18 October 2019, and a number of Rangelands Initiative partners supported and facilitated side events on rangelands and pastoralism. Continue reading

Climate-smart livestock program rolled out in southwestern Uganda
Africa / Agriculture / Climate Change / East Africa / Environment / Farming Systems / Food security / Livestock Systems / LIVESTOCKCRP / Research / Resilience / SLS / Uganda

Climate-smart livestock program rolled out in southwestern Uganda

Following the national launch of the four-year Program for Climate-Smart Livestock Systems in Uganda in April, a local launch meeting was held in the southwestern district of Mbarara on 11 September 2019. Continue reading

After national launch, climate-smart livestock program rolled out in Ethiopia’s Amhara region
Agriculture / Climate Change / East Africa / Ethiopia / Kenya / Livestock Systems / LIVESTOCKCRP / Research / SLS / Uganda

After national launch, climate-smart livestock program rolled out in Ethiopia’s Amhara region

After the launch of the program at the national level, efforts are now going on to roll it out in selected regions of Ethiopia. The first local launch in the country took place on 20 August 2019 in Debre Birhan. Continue reading

Linking research-for-development and community needs in the climate-smart livestock systems project
Agriculture / Animal Feeding / CCAFS / Climate Change / Dairying / Drought / Environment / Ethiopia / Event / Farming Systems / Fodder / Food security / Kenya / Research / SLS / Uganda

Linking research-for-development and community needs in the climate-smart livestock systems project

This blog was written by Lucy Njuguna, a Graduate Fellow with the Sustainable Livestock Systems Program. In development work, there is often concern that external interventions can impose unintended costs on communities, especially when there is little or no consultation with the communities on their interests and priorities. This concern is particularly important in research … Continue reading

Adapting the Rural Household Multi-Indicator Survey in Uganda: insights from the field
Agriculture / Climate Change / Data / East Africa / Farming Systems / Food security / Gender / Livestock Systems / LIVESTOCKCRP / Research / SLS / Uganda

Adapting the Rural Household Multi-Indicator Survey in Uganda: insights from the field

Originally published on the RHoMIS blog. Sam Adams, describes his experience training enumerators to be able to apply the Rural Household Multi-Indicator Survey (RHoMIS) in Uganda. Continue reading