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 / Drought / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / Forages / ILRI / Kenya

Warmer temperatures, human settlements threaten Nakuru park

Warmer temperatures and drier weather conditions have significantly affected the composition of wildlife in Kenya’s Lake Nakuru National Park, situated in the heart of the Rift Valley, states a new study published on January 28, 2012. The Nakuru region has experienced perhaps one of the fastest warming rates in the region in the past half … Continue reading

Climate Change / Crop-Livestock / Drylands / Food Safety / Forages / ILRI / Intensification / Livestock / Livestock-Water / Markets / Pastoralism / Vulnerability

PLE’s got talent, a lot of big ideas – and a bright future?

A recent meeting of the People Livestock and Environment (PLE) research theme of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) underlined the creative capacity and strong potential of team members. There is enough spark, flair and daring in the pool to embark on ambitious and relevant initiatives for the future of livestock, environment and crucially the … Continue reading

Forages / ILRI / Livestock-Water / West Africa

Douxchamps joins PLE West Africa team

Sabine joined PLE  in April 2011 as a postdoctoral fellow with IWMI and ILRI in the context of the ILRI-led CPWF Volta basin project on integrated management of rainwater for crop-livestock agro-ecosystems. Sabine will be based at IWMI office in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.  Her task will be to identify solutions that enhance environmental and livelihood benefits … Continue reading

Biodiversity / Crop-Livestock / Forages / ILRI

Communicate clearly and concisely, genebank managers advised

There is need to be clear in communication concerning actions and recommendations on germ plasm, experts have been advised. In a meeting of gene bank managers and leaders held in Nusa Dua, Denpasar, Indonesia, 6th-13th March 2011, the experts were told that although the text that accompanies the recommendations is clear, the summary of recommendations … Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Biodiversity / Dairying / East Africa / Forages / ILRI

Production and distribution networks now avail forage planting materials to smallholder dairy producers in East Africa

National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS), Non governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector have increased their focus on livestock feeds and are now producing and distributing forage seeds and Napier grass cuttings to meet demands from smallholder dairy farmers in East Africa. The output target for the research leading to this outcome was highlighted in … Continue reading