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
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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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Drivers of household food availability in sub-Saharan Africa based on big data from small farms

The study quantifies the importance of off-farm income and market conditions across sites differing strongly in agroecology and derives generally applicable threshold values that determine whether farm households have enough food available to feed their families. Continue reading

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Out scaling sustainable rangeland management for secure rangeland reserves in Tanzania

Written by Fiona Flintan, Rangelands Governance Scientist, ILRI On Monday 20 July 2015, in a meeting organised by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) together with other partners in the livestock sector in Tanzania, President Dr Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete launched the Tanzania’s Livestock Modernization Initiative (TLMI). The Initiative had been prepared during an intensive week-long … Continue reading