Africa / Article / CCAFS / Data / Farming Systems / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / SLS

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

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

Article / DRYLANDSCRP / Resilience / SLS

System characteristics will determine appropriate project designs for resilience building

We need to step back from the discussion about the multiple meanings of resilience, how it can be focused and measured, and put resilience building projects into a framework for making sense out of systems. If we do not know, or cannot agree on what kind of system is being managed by resilience building projects, it will be impossible to decide on an appropriate project design. Activities, objectives and indicators will be a muddle of intervention parts that belong to different systems. Continue reading

Article / DRYLANDSCRP / Resilience / SLS / Uncategorized

Understanding resilience and how it relates to development outcomes

Understanding the development process and how it unfurls against those headwinds is crucial to understanding the nature of development outcomes. The relative steadiness of the development process can be highly informative of progress towards long term development goals. We can examine whether smooth, steady growth on a particular trajectory is preferable to a more volatile progress. Continue reading