Africa / Drylands / DRYLANDS-CRP / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / Livestock Systems / Pastoralism / Rangelands / SLS / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Maps of livestock routes show the way to improved livelihoods for pastoralists in East Africa

Livestock routes are essential to herders in eastern Africa, who use them to access water, feed and markets. But, political and economic marginalization is putting pressure on the natural resources pastoralists rely on, causing conflicts and loss of value. Mapping current land uses has improved stakeholders’ understanding of how to protect the mobility of livestock and people as is required for sustainable pastoral systems. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Drylands / DRYLANDS-CRP / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / Livestock Systems / Rangelands / SLS

Application of scaling frameworks to grazing exclosures in Ethiopia

This poster, produced for the Tropentag 2016 conference, explains how two scaling frameworks were used to identify knowledge gaps and learning opportunities in exclosure management and policy solutions to draw attention to possible ‘blind-spots’ and ‘win-win’ solutions that may affect the widespread success of exclosures in Ethiopia and elsewhere. Continue reading

Dryland restoration scaling project: Improving the productivity of dryland agriculture
Africa / Countries / Drylands / DRYLANDS-CRP / Environment / Ethiopia / ILRI / Pastoralism / Rangelands / Resilience / SLS

Dryland restoration scaling project: Improving the productivity of dryland agriculture

Drylands restoration is one key way of improving the productivity of agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa. A poster released by scientists at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), illustrates just some of the future research funded by the European Commission and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Continue reading

Greenhouse gas emissions from livestock waste in East Africa are significantly lower than global estimates: New study reveals
Africa / Article / CGIAR / Climate Change / Dairying / DRYLANDS-CRP / East Africa / Environment / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock Systems / Mazingira / SLS

Greenhouse gas emissions from livestock waste in East Africa are significantly lower than global estimates: New study reveals

A new study carried out by scientists at the ILRI’s mazingira centre measured GHG emissions from livestock waste in Kenya. A recently published paper reveals that GHG emission factors recorded from the African livestock waste are at least ten times lower than calculations based on the simplest level of IPCC methods and data, Tier 1. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Article / Climate Change / Drylands / DRYLANDS-CRP / East Africa / Environment / Farming Systems / ILRI / Intensification / Kenya / Livestock Systems / LIVESTOCK-FISH / SLS

Meat and milk production scenarios and the associated land footprint in Kenya

Increasing demands for meat and milk in developing countries and the associated production growth are driving the expansion of agriculture at the expense of environmental conservation and other land uses. While considerable attention has been directed at improving crop yields to alleviate the pressure on land, there has been far less attention on the implications … Continue reading

Article / Data / Drylands / DRYLANDS-CRP / East Africa / ILRI / Knowledge and Information / Resilience / SLS

Glamming up data for smallholder resilience in the Horn of Africa

A data revolution is quietly unfolding in sub-Saharan Africa and empowering sustainable development and resilience for a new generation of policymakers.

Variability in crop and pasture, whether caused by weather, natural disaster, pests and diseases, or political conflict, is arguably the greatest threat to resilience and food security in the Horn of Africa. At the same time, the building blocks of national statistical systems are weak and data challenges are a crushing reality in Africa.

To address this problem, a growing number of analysts are tackling so-called informational wastelands through open-access global and household datasets, pseudo-panels, spatial data analytics and communities of practice. Continue reading

Africa / Drylands / DRYLANDS-CRP / East Africa / Environment / Event / ILRI / Livestock Systems / Pastoralism / Rangelands / SLS / Tanzania

Out scaling sustainable rangeland management for secure rangeland reserves in Tanzania

Written by Fiona Flintan, Rangelands Governance Scientist, ILRI On Monday 20 July 2015, in a meeting organised by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) together with other partners in the livestock sector in Tanzania, President Dr Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete launched the Tanzania’s Livestock Modernization Initiative (TLMI). The Initiative had been prepared during an intensive week-long … Continue reading