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Using science to preserve culture in Rwanda

Traditional culture and science often seem to be worlds apart, but for Theogen Rutagwenda, the director general for animal resources in the Rwandan government, the two mix as naturally as salt and food. “I grew up looking after cattle and knew they were productive. Then my family moved to Uganda, where our animals died from … 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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Natural Resources expert joins ILRIs People Livestock and the environment team

Lance W. Robinson has joined ILRIs People Livestock and the Environment theme as post-doctoral scientist based in Nairobi. He will be working with the team Reducing Vulnerability of Livestock Based Livelihoods working on climate change and the vulnerability of marginal systems and peoples. His areas of expertise include capacity strengthening, drylands, environment, livelihoods, pastoralism, resilience … Continue reading

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Indigenous knowledge the missing link in water management

While numerous technical solutions have been developed and are available, adoption and adaptation of Agricultural Water Management (AWM) strategies remains limited in the Volta Basin. As such, future research and development projects should concentrate on understanding the factors limiting adoption and enhancing system productivity while ensuring healthy ecosystem services for long term sustainability. This is … Continue reading

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Holistic planning good for environmental management

Ecosystem based planning should be combined with watershed management in order to achieve sustainable use of land and the services or values the land provides. This is one of the recommendations from a yearlong study by Silvia Silvestri on the Ecosystem services trade-offs in Ewaso Ng’iro, in Kenya’s Rift Valley. She was making the presentation … Continue reading

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ILRI pastoral research team wins Sustainable Science Award

A project of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) called ‘Reto-o-Reto’has won an award five years after it ended. ‘Reto-o-Reto’, in the language of the pastoral Maasai people of East Africa means ‘I help you, you help me’. The project was bestowed the 2012 Sustainability Science Award for a paper titled ‘Evolution of models to … Continue reading

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LAPSSET needs better realignment to Vision 2030

Discussion has begun on how best to improve the economic, social and environmental outcomes of the recently launched Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) corridor to make it a success and support the delivery of Vision 2030. A meeting of interested stakeholders convened to discuss the LAPSSET corridor: preliminary analysis of risks and opportunities … Continue reading