New study finds that severe undernutrition of cattle increases their methane production
Agriculture / Animal Feeding / Climate Change / Communications / Diet / Environment / GHG Emissions / Kenya / Mazingira

New study finds that severe undernutrition of cattle increases their methane production

Originally posted on Mazingira Centre:
An animal trial in the animal respiration chamber at ILRI’s Mazingira Centre (photo credit: ILRI/ Svenja Marquardt). Livestock production generates significant amounts of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, accounting for about 65% of the total emissions from agriculture globally. Of these emissions, 40% are generated through enteric fermentation, the digestive processes…

Changing landscapes call for new pathways in livestock development in Ethiopia’s Afar region
Agriculture / CCAFS / Climate Change / Drylands / East Africa / Environment / Ethiopia / Food security / Livestock Systems / LIVESTOCKCRP / Mazingira / Pastoralism / Rangelands / SLS

Changing landscapes call for new pathways in livestock development in Ethiopia’s Afar region

One of the Programme for Climate-Smart Livestock Systems (PCSL) components is exploring climate change adaptation to understand how innovative pastoralists and agropastoralists are changing their practices to interact better with their changing environments. Continue reading

‘Greening’ the white gold in Tanzania: supporting low emissions dairy development for smallholder livestock producers
Climate Change / Dairying / Environment / Food security / Livestock Systems / Mazingira / SLS / Tanzania

‘Greening’ the white gold in Tanzania: supporting low emissions dairy development for smallholder livestock producers

Written by Esther Kihoro with contributions from Sarah Kasyoka. ‘Maziwa ni dhahabu nyeupe’ (milk is white gold). This is a common phrase among livestock keepers in Tanzania. I’ve heard it numerous times in the last two years as I’ve worked with milk producers in the country. The term is being used to sensitize farmers on … Continue reading

A new project is launched to support climate-smart livestock strategies and investments in East Africa
Agriculture / CCAFS / Climate Change / East Africa / Environment / Ethiopia / Event / Kenya / Livestock Systems / Mazingira / SLS

A new project is launched to support climate-smart livestock strategies and investments in East Africa

Originally posted on ILRI news:
It is hard to overstate the role that the livestock sector plays in ensuring food security in sub-Saharan Africa. The sector provides a vital source of income to most of the rural poor. Livestock production also provides nutritional benefits to people through their milk, meat and eggs, which are protein…

Strengthening African research infrastructure for greenhouse gas observations
Africa / Climate Change / Data / Environment / Geodata / Knowledge and Information / Mazingira / Research

Strengthening African research infrastructure for greenhouse gas observations

Originally posted on Mazingira Centre:
The socio-economic conditions of Africa have continued to undergo massive and rapid transformation due to factors such as urbanization and population growth. The adverse effects of climate change on the continent have also intensified, necessitating the design of context-specific strategies to ensure food security and environmental sustainability. In this regard,…

Managing the environmental footprint of livestock: Context-specific information needed in Africa
CCAFS / Climate Change / East Africa / Environment / Livestock Systems / LIVESTOCKCRP / Mazingira

Managing the environmental footprint of livestock: Context-specific information needed in Africa

Originally posted on Mazingira Centre:
Climate change and its associated global warming, represents one of the greatest challenges on the planet today. It is also one of the most serious threats faced by millions of Africa’s farmers. Agricultural activities including both livestock and crop production, account for approximately 14% of global greenhouse gases (GHG) that are…