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Enoch Ontiri, conservation researcher, joins ILRI

Enoch Ontiri, a conservation researcher has joined ILRIs People Livestock and Environment team as a research technician in social science. His work will focus on the CGIAR research program on integrated and sustainable agricultural production systems for improved food security and livelihoods in Dry Areas.  Based in Nairobi, Ontiri will assist in conducting literature searches, … Continue reading

Africa / Article / Biodiversity / Drought / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / ILRI / Livestock / Livestock-Water / Vulnerability / Water / West Africa

Indigenous knowledge the missing link in water management

While numerous technical solutions have been developed and are available, adoption and adaptation of Agricultural Water Management (AWM) strategies remains limited in the Volta Basin. As such, future research and development projects should concentrate on understanding the factors limiting adoption and enhancing system productivity while ensuring healthy ecosystem services for long term sustainability. This is … Continue reading

Biodiversity / Drought / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / Markets

Holistic planning good for environmental management

Ecosystem based planning should be combined with watershed management in order to achieve sustainable use of land and the services or values the land provides. This is one of the recommendations from a yearlong study by Silvia Silvestri on the Ecosystem services trade-offs in Ewaso Ng’iro, in Kenya’s Rift Valley. She was making the presentation … Continue reading

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LAPSSET needs better realignment to Vision 2030

Discussion has begun on how best to improve the economic, social and environmental outcomes of the recently launched Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) corridor to make it a success and support the delivery of Vision 2030. A meeting of interested stakeholders convened to discuss the LAPSSET corridor: preliminary analysis of risks and opportunities … Continue reading

Biodiversity / CCAFS / Climate Change / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock

On World Water Day, soil erosion and siltation still a huge problem

As the world celebrates World Water Day today, soil erosion, siltation and planting of eucalyptus trees near rivers remain some of the pressing issues affecting water users in Northern Kenya. At a workshop of Water Resource Users Associations (WRUA’s) of the Ewaso N’giro catchment area, held in March 2012, water users outlined these as some … Continue reading

Africa / Article / Biodiversity / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / Forages / ILRI / Kenya / Pastoralism / Vulnerability

ILRI post-doc Didier Zida returns to Burkina Faso

Didier Zida, a post-doctoral scientist has returned to Burkina Faso following a six- month stint with ILRI’s People, Livestock and Environment theme in Nairobi. Zida is also working with PLE to implement the Livelihood diversifying potential of livestock based carbon sequestration options in pastoral and agro pastoral systems in Africa project. He said at the … Continue reading

Biodiversity / Climate Change / Drought / DRYLANDSCRP / ILRI / Kenya / Pastoralism / Tanzania / Vulnerability / Wildlife

Wildlife conservancies come under scrutiny

Wildlife conservancies will today come under scrutiny in a workshop to discuss wildlife tourism as a response to climate change. The workshop is organized under the auspices of the Enabling livestock based economies in Kenya to adapt to climate change: A Review of payment for ecosystem services from wildlife tourism as a climate change adaptation … Continue reading