Biodiversity / Climate Change / Drought / DRYLANDSCRP / ILRI / Kenya / Pastoralism / Tanzania / Vulnerability / Wildlife

Wildlife conservancies come under scrutiny

Wildlife conservancies will today come under scrutiny in a workshop to discuss wildlife tourism as a response to climate change. The workshop is organized under the auspices of the Enabling livestock based economies in Kenya to adapt to climate change: A Review of payment for ecosystem services from wildlife tourism as a climate change adaptation … 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

Africa / Climate Change / Crop-Livestock / CRPs / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / Intensification / Kenya / Livestock / Vulnerability / West Africa

ILRI-PLE scientists embrace change, communication

Communicate, Change! That is the new mantra of the People, Livestock and Environment (PLE) team at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). During a one and a half days brainstorming retreat in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the thirty-strong  team from Eastern and West Africa and India, appreciated that more communication was necessary both within PLE and … Continue reading

Africa / Biodiversity / Central Africa / Drought / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / Markets / Pastoralism / Vulnerability

Livestock essential for food security in the pastoral areas of Africa – Ericksen

 There is need to “harness” the livestock resources of pastoral production systems so that they contribute to food security in East and Central Africa (ECA).  This “harnessing” will rely on the combined efforts of research and development to ensure a long term and sustainable future for pastoralism. Speaking today at the General Assembly of the … Continue reading

Biodiversity / CCAFS / Climate Change / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Vulnerability

Mitigating climate change is a team effort – Mututho

There is need to join hands to understand, prevent (where possible) and mitigate the effects of climate change. This was said by the chairman of Kenya’s Parliamentary Committee for Agriculture, Hon. John Mututho when he launched the Climate Change Journalist of the Year Award in Nairobi. Noting that journalists shape our environment through continuous good … Continue reading

East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / Vulnerability

Remote sensing analyst joins PLE

Zipporah Musyimi has joined PLE as a Remote sensing analyst. She holds an MSc in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Natural Resource Management from ITC (the Netherlands. She will be working mostly with the Nairobi based team. Zipporah has previously worked for the National Museums of Kenya, Wetland & Marine resource section (2005 –2008) … Continue reading

Biodiversity / CCAFS / Climate Change / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / Vulnerability

Conservationist to strengthen B.E.S.T. team

Dr. Aidan Michael KEANE, a conservationist has joined PLE as a post doctoral scientist working on the project on Biodiversity, ecosystem services, social sustainability and tipping points in African drylands (B.E.S.T). He will be based in London but working closely with the Nairobi based team Reducing vulnerability of livestock-based livelihoods, ecosystem goods & services in … Continue reading