New paper explores use of long-term climate information in decision making | CCAFS: CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security.
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.
Natural resources and environmental management significantly affects pastoralists and other livestock keepers who live in drylands that cut across ecosystems. In such systems, wildlife and livestock move in and out of parks and community-protected areas with upstream-downstream effects along watersheds. How to incorporate these realities in an ecosystem management approach at a large scale is complex and not well understood because it …
A new project led by Lance Robinson and Todd Crane from the Livestock Systems and Environment program at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), under the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) flagship on policies and institutions for climate-resilient food systems, is investigating the links between climate adaptation and livestock science, policy and practice.
A workshop funded by the consortium of the EU Animal Change project and organized by ILRI, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Global Research Alliance on 2-3 February 2015 at the ILRI campus in Nairobi, discussed successful approaches for implementing climate smart livestock systems.
A new high-profile paper by a team of 18 international researchers, who include Jens Heinke, a joint appointee of ILRI and the Postdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), says four planetary boundaries–climate change, loss of biosphere integrity, land-system change and altered biogeochemical cycles (phosphorus and nitrogen)–have been crossed as a result of human activity, which is placing humanity in a danger zone.
Recent research by ILRI and its partners has significantly advanced the understanding of livestock systems, and particularly in relation to the environment and climate change.