Izabella Koziell has been appointed as the next Program Director of WLE, announced Jeremy Bird, Director General of the International Water Management Institute today.
Koziell joins WLE from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), where she has led the Asia Regional Climate and Environment Unit. She has also held positions within DFID’s Research and Evidence and the Policy Divisions and DFID Kenya. She has led several large complex multi-country research and development programs in Africa and Asia during this time, on climate, environment and natural resources.
“Finding solutions to increasing climate variability, resource degradation and water scarcity is becoming increasingly urgent if we are to feed the world and manage our natural capital effectively,” Bird highlighted. “WLE provides the evidence base and solutions to help decision makers scale up sustainable land, water and ecosystem management innovations that reduce risks and increase resilience of women and men in developing countries. Izabella brings a wealth of experience around WLE’s core areas of work and new pathways for accelerating impact as we start WLE’s second phase.”
Koziell has participated in a number of advisory groups and represented the UK in international negotiations on biodiversity and desertification. Prior to DFID, she worked with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED, London) and the Lutheran World Service (LWS) in Tanzania.
Koziell said, “It’s great to join WLE at this time. We are uniquely positioned within the CGIAR to bring in sustainability dimensions in to complement research on specific commodities and value chains. Alongside our breadth of local and global partnerships, and our focus on practical solutions and innovations, we have an unprecedented opportunity to address the challenge of sustainable agricultural intensification from a truly global perspective. I look forward to taking up this exciting role”
Johan Rockström, WLE’s Steering Committee Chair said, “The newly agreed Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change agreement represent a historic opportunity for us to focus on the sustainable intensification of agriculture as a major pathway to achieving the underlying development challenges. Izabella has the right mix of science and policy experience to ensure the program is aligned and contributing to these global imperatives.”
Koziell holds an MSc in Land and Water Management from Cranfield University, a BA in Geography from the Nottingham University in the UK and is affiliated as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She has lived and worked across all of WLE regions, and also speaks Polish, French and Swahili.
WLE’s vision is for a world in which agriculture thrives alongside and within the vibrant ecosystems that support it, while delivering enduring prosperity for farming communities. Led by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), WLE combines the resources of 10 CGIAR Centers, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and hundreds of research and uptake partners based around the world.
Koziell will take up her role based in Colombo in late October 2016.
In this study, the nutritional values and seasonal availability of 43 local feed ingredients for pigs in Uganda, were estimated based on nutrient analyses and literature values, information needed to develop low-cost balanced rations for pigs on smallholder farms.
Parameters considered were: concentration of ash, neutral detergent fibre (NDF), crude protein (CP), calcium (Ca), phosphorous (P), ether extract (EE), total lysine (Lys), standardized ileal digestible (SID) Lys, standardized total tract digestible (STTD) P (all as % of dry matter [DM]); digestible energy (DE), (kcal kg−1 of DM); and DM concentration.
Banana peel, maize bran, and sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas) were ranked highest; and commercially-prepared ration, and kale/collard greens (Brassica oleracea var. acephala), were ranked lowest as potential feed ingredients. Ingredients with nutritional profiles suitable for pigs are available but some only in certain seasons. Estimated nutritional values may assist in ration formulation.
Carter, N., Dewey, C., Lukuyu, B., Grace, D. and Lange, C. de. 2015. Nutritional value and seasonal availability of feed ingredients for pigs in Uganda. Agricultura Tropica et Subtropica 48(3-4):91-104.
ILRI Addis E & FU team has planned to conduct preventive maintenance work on backup generator sets on Saturday May 7th 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
During this time, if the main power is disconnected from EEPCO, the generator wouldn’t be used as a backup power supply.
Apologies for any inconvenience this might cause to you.
The Soil Organic Carbon App is an online tool that can help users calculate soil’s capacity for sequestering, or containing, organic carbon.A community leader in Debre Berhan, central Ethiopia, explains that growing nitrogen-fixing trees along ridges can stop soil erosion. The community has restored a previously degraded area though installation of check dams and other techniques. Photo Credit: Georgina Smith/CIAT.
Binding organic carbon in soils is increasingly considered to have significant potential for mitigating climate change: a recently launched initiative has set out to foster a 0.4% carbon sequestration rate per year, which is the amount required to offset carbon emissions and effectively mitigate climate change. Organic carbon sequestration can be fostered through land restoration practices, such as no-till agriculture or improving foraging practices in degraded areas.
The Soil Organic Carbon App calculates a soil profile’s amount of sequestered organic carbon (t/ha), based on soil organic carbon concentration (g/kg), as well as the quantitative impact of soil conservation practices on sequestration over time and at different scales. Therefore, investors and other decision makers can use the app to assess to which degree planned efforts to restore degraded land will bind organic carbon in soil and mitigate climate change.
The tool is open access and available for use by governments, non-government organizations, researchers, communities, and others. It was developed by researchers from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), with support from the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
Go to the Soil Organic Carbon App
- Soil Organic Carbon and the 4‰ Initiative: Soils for food security and climate
- 4 pour 1000: preserving soils for carbon capture and food security
Dr Rolf Sommer has joined the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, CIAT, in January 2013. He is working in the field of soil health/fertility, soil nutrition and crop modeling, and is CIAT’s CCAFS focal point for soil related research under CRP7. [read more]
In my January blog I described the initiative launched by the President of the Africa Development Bank to leverage the expertise in the CGIAR to support a major investment program in African agriculture. Planning for the ‘Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation’ initiative is now well underway. Steve Staal, Iddo Dror and I were at IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria for a three day workshop to discuss and advance the planning of this initiative. Although it was described as a ‘workshop’ it was more of a conference with over 200 people attending from the African Development Bank, CGIAR Centres and the private sector. Given the number of delegates the progress achieved was limited but since then we have been working hard to shape the initiative – and of course trying to achieve a proper share of the resources for livestock development.
My visit to Nigeria prevented me from attending the ISPC Science Forum in Addis, but I heard very positive comments about it. In particular the Knowledge Share Fair/marketplace at the ILRI Campus was a great success. Congratulations to all those in Addis who worked so hard to support the Science Forum and to organize the Knowledge Share Fair (photos from the event and the marketplace) .
April was a busy month for everyone in Addis. No sooner was the ISPC Science Forum over (see blogposts by ILRI staff) than the ILRI Board Meeting started. Thanks to all those in Addis who made our Board Members feel so welcome. I and the rest of IMC received many comments from the Board on how well they were looked after and how welcome they felt. It was gratifying to see all the activities on the campus – the new genebank being built, the new gym (officially opened by our Board Chair), the refurbishment of hostel rooms, the plans for new office accommodation, the masterplan for the development of the campus. And most importantly the exciting research being undertaken without which none of the investments could be justified.
This month we had a visit from Dr Ray Smith, University of Kentucky, in his capacity as Chair of the Continuing Committee of the International Grassland Congress (IGC). At the last IGC in Delhi in November 2015 an application from KALRO to the next ICG in Nairobi was accepted. This will be the first time the IGC will be held in Africa. KALRO is also bidding to host the International Rangeland Congress in Nairobi as a joint congress with the IGC. The two Congresses were held jointly in Hohot, China in 2008. The decision on the location of the next IRC will be taken at the IRC in Saskatoon, Canada in July. ILRI is fully supportive of the joint congress being held in Nairobi in 2020 and I have offered KALRO and the organizing committee all the assistance we can offer. It will be a great opportunity for up to 1500 delegates from around the world to meet in Nairobi to discuss the future of grasslands, rangelands and the communities who depend on them. Kenya also offers a fantastic range of grasslands and research and development organisations for delegates to visit during the congress and of course the opportunity to enjoy Kenya and the region in a pre- or post-congress vacation.
A delegation from the Government of Ethiopia, Ministry of Science and Technology visited Nairobi on 27-27 April. Until recently we have had little interaction with this Ministry but we had very constructive discussions on how we could work with a number of organization that fall under the Ministry’s responsibility. We agreed to work together to assess the scale of the risk to public health of aflatoxins and other contaminants in food and to help build the capacity of the Ministry and its constituent organisations across a range of activities and topics. These include training in specific laboratory techniques, laboratory management and exploring opportunities to link to two science and technology universities in Ethiopia.