At last week’s international conference on Integrated Systems Research for Sustainable Intensification in Smallholder Agriculture, Randall Ritzema presented a paper on behalf of Tim Robinson about agricultural futures in the humid tropics.
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.
This poster, prepared for the ILRI@40 series of events, explains farming systems analysis and modelling research by the Livestock Systems and Environment group at ILRI.
Livestock and environment was also one of the four themes discussed at the two-day ILRI@40 Addis Ababa event. Scientists working in ILRI’s Livestock Systems and Environment (LSE) program facilitated discussed research priorities for livestock and environment in the future.
This poster, prepared for the Tropentag 2014 conference, presents information on a systems approach used by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) to characterise land-use and livestock production and to show how different management strategies and systems affect GHG emission rates.
This poster for the 2014 Tropentag conference illustrates the differences in food security between farmers in East Africa using a gender lens.
In a journal article published in June 2014, the authors explore how to account for multi-functionality within the life cycle assessment (LCA) method to assess the contribution of livestock production to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The study which was carried out in a smallholder dairy setup in Kenya was premised on the backdrop that most LCA studies allocate GHG emissions of livestock marketable inputs only, while in smallholder systems livestock provide several products and services besides the marketable products.