Africa / Article / CCAFS / Data / Farming Systems / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / SLS

Drivers of household food availability in sub-Saharan Africa based on big data from small farms

The study quantifies the importance of off-farm income and market conditions across sites differing strongly in agroecology and derives generally applicable threshold values that determine whether farm households have enough food available to feed their families. 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

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