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Outsmarting climate change locally

Understanding the local context is key to improving pastoral production and outsmarting climate change, a new study has revealed. It further observes that many top-down approaches that aimed at introducing innovations from outside failed because they ignored the pastoral context locally. This is published in Identifying local innovations in pastoral areas in Marsabit County, Kenya … Continue reading

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Maasai livestock scientist picked for Kenya governor

Livestock scientist David Nkedianye was on Wednesday 27 March 2013 sworn in as the first governor of Kajiado County, in Kenya. Elected in the country’s general election of 4 March 2013, Nkedianye, a Maasai, beat seven candidates to become governor under a new political dispensation that devolved significant power from a central government to 47 … Continue reading

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Celebrating World Water Day

Today, March 22, is World Water Day and 2013 is the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation. As rapid urbanization, climate change and growing food needs put ever-increasing pressure on freshwater resources, the objective of the 2013 theme is to draw attention to the benefits of cooperation in water management. It will serve to … Continue reading

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Understanding the water footprint of livestock products

The amount of water in your beef depends where the animal was reared. As such, blanket condemnation of livestock products because they consume a lot of water and are therefore environment unfriendly is unjustified. This was said by Arjen Hoekstra, professor at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. Hoeskra was addressing researchers and friends of … Continue reading

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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

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ILRI to jointly host climate change event in Doha

Polly Ericksen, Senior Scientist and Interim Team Leader Drylands Programme, People, Livestock and the Environment, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), based in Nairobi, Kenya, will represent ILRI in a meeting on Grasslands climate change mitigation and adaptation potential on Wednesday, 5 December 2012, in Doha, Qatar. This is a side event being held at the … Continue reading

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Policy and knowledge needed to boost forage seed production

By Asebe Abdena, Forage seed production officer at ILRI, Debre Zeit Centre An improved policy environment coupled with adequate knowledge brokering are necessary if improved feed and forest seed production, processing and marketing systems are to be realized in Ethiopia. There is also need to create advocacy on feed and forest seeds business and attract … Continue reading