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 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.
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.
The consortium of the EU Animal Change project is organizing a workshop in Nairobi on 2 and 3 February 2015. Focusing on “Livestock and Climate Change”, the workshop will present results from the Animal Change project and successful approaches to implement climate smart livestock systems. If you are an early-career scientists from East Africa, we welcome your participation to join a workshop on livestock and climate change. A limited number of grants is available to cover participation costs of early career scientists.
On 18-19 November 2014, the livestock manure management project organized and held a workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which attracted a total of 21 participants from 14 countries. The objective of the workshop was to review progress in summarizing current policies and practices, and also provide an opportunity for presentations on some of the current opportunities for improved management that are being pursued.
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.
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.