Africa / Agriculture / CCAFS / CGIAR / Climate Change / East Africa / Environment / Farming Systems / ILRI / Interview / Kenya / Livestock Systems / SLS

New environmental research centre improves GHG emissions inventories for the livestock sector in East Africa

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. Continue reading

CGIAR / Climate Change / Drylands / Ethiopia / Event / Farming Systems / ILRI / ILRI40 / Livestock Systems / Pastoralism / SLS

Future of smallholder and pastoral livestock systems discussed at ILRI@40 Addis Ababa event

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. Continue reading

Agriculture / CCAFS / Climate Change / East Africa / Farming Systems / ILRI40 / SLS

Improving greenhouse gas emission estimates from livestock in smallholder farming systems

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. Continue reading

Agriculture / Article / CCAFS / Climate Change / Dairying / East Africa / Farming Systems / ILRI / Kenya / SLS

Smallholder livestock production and greenhouse gases: getting the bigger picture in assessing the estimates

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. Continue reading