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Insurance, carbon capture and markets may support pastoralists

Three options exist to move pastoralists from vulnerable to resilient lifestyles. They are commercialization of livestock systems, payment for ecosystem services and social and financial safety nets including insurance.  This was said by Iain Wright, head of the Ethiopian office of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).  He was addressing about 70 delegates from around … Continue reading

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‘Boni’ scaling the heights to greater success

She steps forward to the podium, her face breaking into her characteristic charming smile.  Her black, short cropped hair compliments her light skin.  Standing at average height, she is comfortable in front of the microphone as she would be in her own kitchen. Her name is Siboniso Moyo, popularly known as ‘Boni’- the regional representative … Continue reading

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Celebrating achievement: Julie Ojango and Tadelle Dessie promoted

Two researchers in the Animal Sciences for Sustainable Productivity (ASSP) team Julie Ojango and Tadelle Dessie have been promoted to the position of Scientist. The appointments were made at the beginning of April 2013. Both Julie and Tadesse joined ILRI in 2006 and it is interesting that they have been promoted at the same time. … 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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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

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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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Awry end to picnic changes a vision

Some dreams we have early in life and we follow them. Sometimes, life gives us a rude awakening and we are forced to change course. 22 April, 2012, will forever be imprinted in the mind of Joost Hoedjes, a young scientist whose focus changed as a result. On that day, he and a group of … Continue reading