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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

Article / CRPs / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / Environment / Farming Systems / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock Systems / Pastoralism / Resilience / SLS

A new perspective on the viability of sustainable intensification in drylands

A newly-published article based on sustainable intensification in drylands says agricultural intensity and vulnerability should be understood as distinct characteristics and that some forms of intensification can increase vulnerability and are unsustainable. 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

Article / CCAFS / Drought / Drylands / East Africa / Environment / Gender / ILRI / Kenya / SLS / Women

Women and environment: Understanding market-based conservation schemes from a gendered perspective

A number of approaches have been adopted towards conservation of natural resources with a view of ensuring environmental sustainability especially in areas where crop and livestock agriculture are dominant sources of livelihoods. Some of these approaches include Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES), which represent a market based conservation approach with an incentive attached to it. A new study explored the extent to which three market-based conservation schemes in Kenya integrate gender in design and implementation. Continue reading

CCAFS / CGIAR / Climate Change / CRPs / DRYLANDSCRP / East Africa / Environment / Event / ILRI / Kenya / SLS

Livestock and climate change: Workshop on successes in implementing ‘climate-smart’ livestock systems

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. Continue reading