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'Africa could be on the brink of an agricultural revolution. Political commitment to the sector is thankfully gaining momentum as an effective route to bring African populations out of hunger and poverty. But there is also talk that the region’s potential croplands should feed the rest of the world as well, in addition to providing vast quantities of biofuels. However, a new scientific paper released this week suggests African countries should cast global requests aside and instead focus on staple crop production to feed the continent first.' Continue reading

ILRI news blog, Mar/2015

ILRI wishes all its partners, investors, friends, colleagues and former staff a Very Happy Valentine's Day. Continue reading

ILRI news blog, Feb/2015

An interesting and comprehensive paper, Dynamics and resilience of rangelands and pastoral peoples around the globe, was recently published in the Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Vol. 39: 217-242 (Oct 2014), DOI: 10.1146/annurev-environ-020713-163329. The lead author of the paper is Robin Reid, an ecologist and rangelands expert formerly with ILRI, in Nairobi, Kenya, and now director of the Center for Collaborative Conservation at Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, Colorado. Continue reading

ILRI clippings, Jan/2015

Wildlife populations are declining severely in many protected areas and unprotected pastoral areas of Africa, researchers from leading universities and international research institutes said. Continue reading

ILRI clippings, Aug/2014

A recent study has found that wildlife are an important source of tick-borne diseases of livestock, with 70% of emerging pathogens originating from wildlife. The study found evidence of previously unknown parasite genotypes that may be infective to both small ruminants and equids (horses). Climate change could fuel the spread of such pathogens through the spread of their tick vector further impacting livestock production. Continue reading

ILRI BioSciences, Jun/2014

On 25 September, ILRI director general Jimmy Smith delivered an opening address on ‘Improving environmental sustainability of livestock systems in the developing world’ at the ‘Agri4D annual conference on agricultural research for development’ held in Uppsala, Sweden.   Read / view the opening keynote presentation made by ILRI’s director general Jimmy Smith at the International Grasslands [...]

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Online technology to empower students as Virtual kenya launched

Kenyan students will now be able to see their country virtually by “flying” over their districts, learning about other parts of the country and using computers in their day to day activities. This is due to launch of a new internet learning tool dubbed Virtual Kenya, created by ILRI and several of its partners. Launched June 22nd 2011 by Kenya’s Assistant Minister for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030, Mr Peter Kenneth, the tool will initially reach nearly half a million students in 2000 schools. They will be provided with free maps both online and offline to facilitate learning geography at all levels from upper primary to university.

Speaking at the launch, the Minister said the project ha...

Sustainable Livestock Digest,

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 option. It will examine through an analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) the viability of emerging conservancies within and around the...

Sustainable Livestock Digest,

Many pastoral livelihood and land use practices are aimed at reducing the risks involved in pursuing animal husbandry under conditions of low, variable and unpredictable rainfall of the East African rangelands.  The paper will address the difficulties of defining which strategy of mobility is more or less risky in a setting of social, environmental and economic complexity and the key question of whether land privatization decreases or increases risk in rangeland settings.

Presenter: Prof. John Galaty...

Sustainable Livestock Digest,

Populations of wildlife species in the world-renowned Masai Mara reserve in Kenya have crashed in the past three decades, according to research published in the Journal of Zoology.

Numbers of impala, warthog, giraffe, topi and Coke's hartebeest have declined by over 70%, say scientists.

Even fewer survive beyond the reserve in the wider Mara, where buffalo and wild dogs have all but disappeared, while huge numbers of wildebeest no longer pass through the region on their epic migration.

However, numbers of cattle grazing in the reserve have increased by more than 1100% per cent, although it is illegal for them to so do.

This explosion in the numbers of domestic livestock grazing in the Mara region of south-west Kenya, including within the Masai Mara national reserve, is one of the princ...

Sustainable Livestock Digest,