New study finds that severe undernutrition of cattle increases their methane production
Agriculture / Animal Feeding / Climate Change / Communications / Diet / Environment / GHG Emissions / Kenya / Mazingira

New study finds that severe undernutrition of cattle increases their methane production

Originally posted on Mazingira Centre:
An animal trial in the animal respiration chamber at ILRI’s Mazingira Centre (photo credit: ILRI/ Svenja Marquardt). Livestock production generates significant amounts of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, accounting for about 65% of the total emissions from agriculture globally. Of these emissions, 40% are generated through enteric fermentation, the digestive processes…

Achieving gender-equitable outcomes in low emissions development initiatives in the Kenyan dairy sector
Agriculture / Cattle / Dairying / Farming Systems / Food security / Kenya / PIL / SLS / Women

Achieving gender-equitable outcomes in low emissions development initiatives in the Kenyan dairy sector

Originally posted on ILRI policies, instititions and livelihoods program:
Niller Musinya of Vihiga County happily showing her improved calf born from fixed-time artificial insemination (photo credit: AVCD/ FIPS R. Jumah). ? Stakeholder interest in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensities from livestock production has continued to gain momentum globally. This is driven by the fact…

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

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

Article / Climate Change / Environment / ILRI / Livestock Systems / SLS

What is needed to reduce the greenhouse gas footprint of livestock?

Writing in the November 2014 issue of Rural 21, Uta Dickhöfer, Klaus Butterbach-Bahl and David Pelster explain that while livestock production is responsible for a large amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions there are numerous approaches to reduce these emissions and thus lower environmental pollution caused by livestock husbandry. Continue reading

Agriculture / CCAFS / Climate Change / East Africa / Farming Systems / ILRI40 / SLS

Improving greenhouse gas emission estimates from livestock in smallholder farming systems

This poster, prepared for the Tropentag 2014 conference, presents information on a systems approach used by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) to characterise land-use and livestock production and to show how different management strategies and systems affect GHG emission rates. Continue reading