Fitting climate smart agriculture interventions to size: New study reveals success factors
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Fitting climate smart agriculture interventions to size: New study reveals success factors

A recently published study has revealed that the climate smartness of different farm strategies, or interventions not only depends on the strategy or intervention itself, but is also determined by an interaction between the characteristics of the farm household and the farm strategy. Continue reading

Sustainable livestock systems – highlights from ILRI’s corporate report 2015–2016
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Sustainable livestock systems – highlights from ILRI’s corporate report 2015–2016

Originally posted on ILRI news:
Making technologies available to smallholder mixed crop–livestock farmers to grow fodder can increase milk yields and quality in an environmentally sustainable manner. Hyderabad, India. (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann) In 2015–2016, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and partners revealed extraordinary findings that the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from cattle in…

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Improving reporting for agricultural emission reductions in the livestock sector

To help track progress on countries’ mitigation pledges for Paris Agreement, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) facilitated a science-policy dialogue on measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) of mitigation in the livestock sector on 7 November at COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco. Continue reading

Dryland restoration scaling project: Improving the productivity of dryland agriculture
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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

Improving the productivity of dryland agriculture in Ethiopia
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Improving the productivity of dryland agriculture in Ethiopia

Many approaches to the restoration of degraded drylands have been successful in Ethiopia. However, despite these and other success stories, scaling-up land restoration approaches (or ‘options’) often proves challenging. Options which have been successful in one area may fail in others. There is little information on areas where a successful option could succeed, versus where the same option may fail. Consequently, it is often challenging to scale out even the most successful land restoration approaches. Continue reading

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

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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