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

Africa / Agriculture / CCAFS / CGIAR / Climate Change / East Africa / Environment / Farming Systems / ILRI / Interview / Kenya / Livestock Systems / SLS

New environmental research centre improves GHG emissions inventories for the livestock sector in East Africa

To address the environmental problems faced by the East African region, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) has invested in an environmental research centre. Dubbed the Mazingira centre, the facility is based at the ILRI and has the capacity to measure a set of environmental parameters including livestock system GHG emissions, water flows as well as water and soil quality. In an interview with David Pelster, one of the scientists leading the initiative, we get to hear more about it. Continue reading

Article / CCAFS / CGIAR / Climate Change / ILRI / Kenya / SLS

How do farmers’ behavioural attitudes affect uptake of climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies?

A new study by researchers from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Technical University of Madrid assesses farmers’ behavioural barriers in response to climate change, taking into account the perspectives of both farmers and agricultural advisors. Continue reading