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Climate adaptation and mitigation

Improving small-scale producers’
resilience and reducing greenhouse
gas emissions from food systems.

Climate adaptation and mitigation

ILRI research contributes to the CGIAR impact area on Climate Adaptation and Mitigation. 

Climate change poses major risks for food production, livelihoods and nutrition through high temperatures, erratic rainfall, drought, flooding, and sea level rise. On the flip side, agriculture and food systems produce almost a third of global greenhouse gas emissions—yet they could be a global carbon sink. Supporting vulnerable small-scale producers to adapt to climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agrifood value chains are essential for sustaining food systems and ensuring food and nutrition security.


Climate adaptation and mitigation research initiatives


Harnessing Gender and Social Equality for Resilience in Agrifood Systems


Livestock, Climate and System Resilience


Mitigate+: Research for Low-Emission Food Systems

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Ukama Ustawi: Diversification for Resilient Agribusiness Ecosystems in East and Southern Africa

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Reversing rangeland degradation is a must for ensuring the sustainability of pastoralism as a viable land use in Ethiopia. Photo by F.Flintan/ILRI.

Charting a path to more sustainable livestock value chains with a Rangelands Stewardship Council and a rangelands standard

RECONCILE staff training RMC members how to use digital tools to assess rangeland conditions


Supporting Wajir communities to carry out participatory rangeland management

Adaptation Pioneers Cornelius and Monica Kosgei help Esther Omayio in preparing demonstration on feed formulation. Photo by B.Habermann/ILRI.

In the field: Listening to adaptation pioneers

The growing Mongolia cashmere value chain has led to rangeland degradation. STELARR aims to harness some of the profits made from cashmere for rangeland restoration. Photo credit: Barbara Wieland

Supporting sustainable livestock value chains to restore large rangelands

Namukolo Covic, Director General’s Representative to Ethiopia, CGIAR Ethiopia Country Convenor and CGIAR Regional Director for East and Southern Africa

Opinion and analysis

How the five CGIAR impact areas align with the Seqota Declaration

CircAgric drone measuring emissions from a herd of camels at Kapiti (Alouette van Hove, University of Oslo)


First use of a drone to measure ruminant methane emissions in Africa

Training farmers in feed formulation


Ukama Ustawi: Enhancing drought resilience using legumes in maize systems

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