Agriculture / CCAFS / Climate Change / East Africa / Event / ILRI / Kenya / SLS

How about synergies in estimating greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture? Kenya and Uganda policy makers engage ILRI researchers

On 3 and 4 May 2016, policy makers from climate change departments of Kenya and Uganda met with scientists from the Mazingira Centre, and the coordination team from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) for discussions on development of regional GHG inventories. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Article / Climate Change / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / East Africa / Environment / Farming Systems / ILRI / Intensification / Kenya / Livestock Systems / LIVESTOCK-FISH / SLS

Meat and milk production scenarios and the associated land footprint in Kenya

Increasing demands for meat and milk in developing countries and the associated production growth are driving the expansion of agriculture at the expense of environmental conservation and other land uses. While considerable attention has been directed at improving crop yields to alleviate the pressure on land, there has been far less attention on the implications … Continue reading

Article / Data / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / East Africa / ILRI / Knowledge and Information / Resilience / SLS

Glamming up data for smallholder resilience in the Horn of Africa

A data revolution is quietly unfolding in sub-Saharan Africa and empowering sustainable development and resilience for a new generation of policymakers.

Variability in crop and pasture, whether caused by weather, natural disaster, pests and diseases, or political conflict, is arguably the greatest threat to resilience and food security in the Horn of Africa. At the same time, the building blocks of national statistical systems are weak and data challenges are a crushing reality in Africa.

To address this problem, a growing number of analysts are tackling so-called informational wastelands through open-access global and household datasets, pseudo-panels, spatial data analytics and communities of practice. Continue reading

Agriculture / Article / East Africa / Environment / Farming Systems / Kenya / Livestock Systems / Livestock-Water / Rangelands / SLS / Water / WLE

New study reveals trends in water and land use in livestock production

A new study that analysed changes associated with direct and indirect use of freshwater and land for meat and milk production in Kenya over a 20-year period has established that the demand for water and land for meat and milk production is mainly determined by the total numbers, feed conversion efficiency and diet composition of livestock. Continue reading

Africa / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / East Africa / Environment / Event / ILRI / Livestock Systems / Pastoralism / Rangelands / SLS / Tanzania

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

Drought / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / East Africa / ILRI / Livestock Systems / Pastoralism / Rangelands / SLS

Managing degradation in East African rangelands

Governments and non-governmental organizations seeking to improve the well-being of herders in the arid and semi-arid rangelands of East Africa and the Greater Horn of Africa often receive contradictory recommendations on how to address land degradation through changing grazing management. Continue reading