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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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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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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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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

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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

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New frontiers for forage research in southern Africa

Research on forages just got a boost with the arrival of Godfrey Manyawu to the People Livestock and Environment theme (PLE) of  ILRI. He joins the theme as project coordinator for “Integrating crops and livestock for improved food security and livelihoods in rural Zimbabwe”.Manyawu, who is an expert in livestock production and forage sciences, will … Continue reading