CGIAR research program on dryland systems

CGIAR Research Program on Dryland SystemsThe CGIAR Research Program CRP1.1 Dryland Systems ("Integrated agricultural production systems for the poor and vulnerable in dry areas") is designed to pursue new knowledge about dryland agro-ecosystems of the developing world and to develop technologies and policies that will improve the livelihoods of poor agricultural communities in target regions of those. Key constraints to be overcome characterize dryland agricultural environments: water scarcity, frequent droughts, high climatic variability, poor soil resources, and land degradation, with all of these likely to be affected by climate change.

The overall goal is to identify and develop resilient diversified and more productive combinations of mixed crop/livestock, rangeland, aquatic and agroforestry systems that have the potential to be scaled-up, especially in dry areas where water is scarce.

CGIAR Research Program 1.1 targets the poor and highly vulnerable populations of the dry areas. It aims to develop technology, policy and institutional innovations to improve livelihoods, using an integrated agro-ecosystems approach to research -for- development. It is currently under consideration for funding by the CGIAR Consortium of Board and the CGIAR Fund Council.

Kenya’s economy lost an estimated Ksh 1.2 trillion (USD 12 billion) due to the effects of drought between 2008 and 2011. According to an article in Kenya’s Standard (28 April 2016), more than 13 million people were affected in 2011 by a combination of drought, conflict and economic crisis. The article quoted International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) research … Continue reading

IBLI, May/2016

Are you interested in knowing just how Index Based Livestock Insurance works? Lessons on IBLI and the Asset Protection Contract are now just a click away! You can easily access your IBLI lessons from ILRI’s e-Learning portal  The IBLI e-Learning course was launched on the 22nd of March 2016 at the International Livestock Research … Continue reading

IBLI, Apr/2016

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A women receives her insurance payout (photo credit: Jeff Haskins). ‘The index-based insurance program is run by the Kenya-based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and funded by the British, U.S. and Australian governments and the European Union. The donors subsidize the cover to make it affordable for pastoralists. ‘A range…

IBLI, Apr/2016

A data revolution is quietly unfolding in sub-Saharan Africa and empowering sustainable development and resilience for a new generation of policymakers.

Variability in crop and pasture, whether caused by weather, natural disaster, pests and diseases, or political conflict, is arguably the greatest threat to resilience and food security in the Horn of Africa. At the same time, the building blocks of national statistical systems are weak and data challenges are a crushing reality in Africa.

To address this problem, a growing number of analysts are tackling so-called informational wastelands through open-access global and household datasets, pseudo-panels, spatial data analytics and communities of practice.

Livestock system and environment , Apr/2016

This manual provides simple and tested practical guidelines for livestock farmers and extension workers on least cost ration based on locally available feed resources for sheep fattening. It contains details on feeding and management options that can be applied by small-scale producers. Other key issues addressed in the manual include housing, purchase of feed, general hygiene and the handling of animals. Continue reading

Livestock Feed and Fodder blog, Apr/2016

Read the latest post in the Economics That Really Matters blog that details the findings of a paper written by Index-Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) Project researchers, which examines and identifies the constraints that hinder the demand of index insurance in southern Ethiopia. Continue reading

IBLI, Mar/2016

A case study based on the IBLI project, entitled 'Using satellite data to insure livestock: IBLI and the development of the world’s first insurance for African pastoralists', has won the 'Outstanding New Case Writer' award given by The Case Study Centre. Continue reading

IBLI, Feb/2016

Are you a researcher, student, or simply a curious mind? Do you want to explore the specifics of how Index-Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) affects households in northern Kenya? If so, check out the Marsabit household survey round five data that became public today…click here Continue reading

IBLI, Feb/2016

Since September 2013, the SIMLEZA-Africa RISING project tested a range of improved agricultural technologies in Chipata and Katete districts of Zambia with the aim of sustainably intensifying the productivity of small holder farmers in those parts of the country. How did the project scale-out those technologies to the farmers? What worked and what didn't? Continue reading

Africa RISING, Jan/2016

The government of Ethiopia is set to introduce weather index based crop insurance aiming to rescue smallholder farmers from unpredictable weather that damages their crops. Continue reading

IBLI, Jan/2016