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.

A 3-day training workshop organized by IBLI, Cornell university, USAID, Australian Aid and other partners took place on ILRI Addis campus from 15–17 July 2015. Continue reading

IBLI, Jul/2015

Recently, there has been much excitement around the use of index-based insurance as an alternative to conventional insurance products that may extend the rural poor’s access to formal insurance coverage in developing countries. Index insurance provides indemnity payments based on a signal that is related to covariate losses rather than actual and observed individual losses. Continue reading

IBLI, Jul/2015

Governments and non-governmental organizations seeking to improve the well-being of herders in the arid and semi-arid rangelands of East Africa and the Greater Horn of Africa often receive contradictory recommendations on how to address land degradation through changing grazing management. Continue reading

Livestock system and environment , Jul/2015

A 9 June 2015 IBLI workshop discussed how cross-sector partnerships can be harnessed to foster policy innovations for the pastoralist rangelands. Continue reading

IBLI, Jul/2015

The Index-Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) program represents a fruitful cross-sector partnership, bringing together academic researchers, policymakers, private sector partners, NGOs and other stakeholders to develop an innovation to improve livelihoods on the pastoralist rangelands of East Africa. How will this innovative partnership continue to evolve as IBLI looks to scale, and what possibilities are there … Continue reading

IBLI, Jun/2015

This workshop was held on June 10 and 11 2015 , at the John Vercoe (JVC) Auditorium International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Nairobi, Kenya The Academic Workshop provided a forum to showcase the research work that is ongoing in and around IBLI on behavior and welfare and drivers of change that affect the pastoral community … Continue reading

IBLI, Jun/2015

Data from the first round of a household survey evaluating the impact of the Index-Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) in Marsabit, Kenya is now available. Continue reading

IBLI, Jun/2015

Data from household surveys conducted by the Index Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) project in the Borena Zone of Ethiopia is now available online. Continue reading

IBLI, Jun/2015

Migrant pastoralists on the arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL) of East Africa are among the poorest and most vulnerable people on earth. Most of their economic activity is based around livestock herding and management. Continue reading

IBLI, Feb/2015

Eurisy, the European Union funded non-profit, which seeks to raise awareness of emerging satellite applications, has just published an article highlighting Index-Based Livestock Insurance in Kenya and Ethiopia. Continue reading

IBLI, Jun/2015

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Amare Haileslassie
Post Doctoral Scientist
Andrew Mude
Principal Economist
Augustine A. Ayantunde
Senior Animal Scientist
Beth Njoroge
Administrative Assistant
Brenda Wandera Gache
Market and Capacity Development Manager

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Contact:
Polly Ericksen

ILRI people working on this research program

Amare Haileslassie
Post Doctoral Scientist
Andrew Mude
Principal Economist
Augustine A. Ayantunde
Senior Animal Scientist
Beth Njoroge
Administrative Assistant
Brenda Wandera Gache
Market and Capacity Development Manager
Enoch Mobisa Ontiri
Research Technician II
Fiona Flintan
Rangelands Governance Scientist and Technical Coordinator for International Land Coalition's Rangelands Initiative
Iddo Dror
Head of Capacity Development

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Subject categories:
drylands