Africa / Asia / CCAFS / Climate Change / Crop Residues / Drought / Drylands / Event / Gender / Livestock / South Asia / Water

Building trust essential for science research

By Jane Gitau Small scale farmers appear to seek diversified ways of living as method of coping with the changing climate patterns and expensive goods. This observation was made by researchers of the IMPACTLite writeshop January 21-24, in Machakos, east of Nairobi, to consolidate their views and outline their proposed scientific papers. The team is … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / Article / CCAFS / Dairying / Drought / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / East Africa / Ethiopia / Event / Kenya / Livestock / Livestock-Water / Water / WLE

How much water is in the meat on your plate?

By Jane Gitau What is a ‘water footprint’ and why does it matter? Does it differ between developing and developed countries? These are some of the questions that renown professor in Water Management, Arjen Y. Hoekstra will attempt to answer to an ILRI audience on February 7, 2013. The University of Twente, Netherlands Professor will … Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Article / Biodiversity / CCAFS / Corporate Report / Crop-Livestock / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / East Africa / Ethiopia / Event / Forages / Humid Tropics / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / NRM / Pastoralism

ILRI forages to the fore: ILRI talks ‘Napier’ (aka elephant grass) at KARI scientific exhibition in Nairobi

Story by Alexandra Jorge Last week (22–24 Oct 2012), I participated in an exhibition, which was organized alongside the 13th Biennial Scientific Conference of the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), in Nairobi. I represented the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in a booth ILRI created to explain to KARI’s visitors what research ILRI undertakes with … Continue reading

Africa / Article / CCAFS / Climate Change / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Staff / Vulnerability

Natural Resources expert joins ILRIs People Livestock and the environment team

Lance W. Robinson has joined ILRIs People Livestock and the Environment theme as post-doctoral scientist based in Nairobi. He will be working with the team Reducing Vulnerability of Livestock Based Livelihoods working on climate change and the vulnerability of marginal systems and peoples. His areas of expertise include capacity strengthening, drylands, environment, livelihoods, pastoralism, resilience … 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

Biodiversity / CCAFS / Climate Change / Crop-Livestock / CRPs / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / Ethiopia / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / Pastoralism / WLE

New Year, new beginnings for PLE

The start of a new year is for many of us, a time for reflection, a time for resolutions and often re-organisation of personal goals to meet our resolutions. For the People Livestock and Environment Theme, a new beginning is literally happening. A new Theme Director, Dr Iain Wright takes over the mantle from 23 … Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Biodiversity / CCAFS / Climate Change / Crop-Livestock / Disease Control / East Africa / ILRI / Livestock

ILRI seeks disease- and drought-resistant forages for livestock kept by smallholders

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is evaluating drought-resistant, nutritious and palatable varieties of Napier grass to feed dairy cattle in Eastern Africa. Speaking at a seminar on ‘Napier grass diversity studies and further application to other forages in ILRI, Ethiopia’, ILRI’s genebank manager, Maria Alexandra Jorge, said Napier grass (Pennisetum purpureum) continues to be … Continue reading