Fitting climate smart agriculture interventions to size: New study reveals success factors
Africa / Article / Asia / CCAFS / CGIAR / Climate Change / Environment / Farming Systems / Intensification / Research / SLS

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

Africa / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / Livestock Systems / Pastoralism / Rangelands / SLS / Southern Africa / Tanzania

Maps of livestock routes show the way to improved livelihoods for pastoralists in East Africa

Livestock routes are essential to herders in eastern Africa, who use them to access water, feed and markets. But, political and economic marginalization is putting pressure on the natural resources pastoralists rely on, causing conflicts and loss of value. Mapping current land uses has improved stakeholders’ understanding of how to protect the mobility of livestock and people as is required for sustainable pastoral systems. Continue reading

Africa / Animal Diseases / AVCD / East Africa / Kenya / Livestock Systems / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Pastoralism / SLS

Improving knowledge base for animal disease surveillance in pastoralist systems in Kenya

Under the livestock component of the Feed the Future Kenya Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) program, ILRI is implementing a three – tier train – a – trainer model to train veterinarians and community disease reporters on the symptoms of prevalent livestock diseases. Continue reading

Where numbers matter: Better herd management for better productivity in Kenya’s pastoral communities
Africa / AVCD / East Africa / Farming Systems / Kenya / Livestock Systems / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Pastoralism / SLS / Small ruminants

Where numbers matter: Better herd management for better productivity in Kenya’s pastoral communities

ILRI and other partners under the Feed the Future Kenya Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) project is working towards improving the quality of livestock kept by pastoralists and to boost their productivity through better herd management practices. The project is working in Isiolo, Garissa, Marsabit, Wajir and Turkana counties in northern Kenya. Continue reading

Dryland restoration scaling project: Improving the productivity of dryland agriculture
Africa / Countries / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / Environment / Ethiopia / ILRI / Pastoralism / Rangelands / Resilience / SLS

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
Africa / Countries / Drylands / East Africa / Environment / Ethiopia / ILRI / Pastoralism / Regions / Resilience / SLS

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
Africa / Article / CGIAR / Climate Change / Dairying / DRYLANDSCRP / East Africa / Environment / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock Systems / Mazingira / SLS

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