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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Catherine Mungai, an ILRI–Climate Impact Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE) fellow, has won the best paper award at a symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa in Ethiopia.
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 …
The International Land Coalition’s biennial Global Land Forum (GLF) took place in Dakar, Senegal on 12-14 May 2015. At the meeting, the ILC Global Rangelands Initiative, which is coordinated and technically supported ILRI and RECONCILE, discussed ways of making rangelands more secure.
A global assessment of livestock manure policies was performed din 34 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, followed by an in-depth assessment of manure management practices in Argentina, Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Malawi and Vietnam. This global assessment provided not only insights on manure management and the barriers for improvement.
The consortium of the EU Animal Change project is organizing a workshop in Nairobi on 2 and 3 February 2015. Focusing on “Livestock and Climate Change”, the workshop will present results from the Animal Change project and successful approaches to implement climate smart livestock systems. If you are an early-career scientists from East Africa, we welcome your participation to join a workshop on livestock and climate change. A limited number of grants is available to cover participation costs of early career scientists.