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.

This poster, produced for the Tropentag 2016 conference, explains how two scaling frameworks were used to identify knowledge gaps and learning opportunities in exclosure management and policy solutions to draw attention to possible 'blind-spots' and 'win-win' solutions that may affect the widespread success of exclosures in Ethiopia and elsewhere. Continue reading →
Livestock system and environment , Sep/2016
Smallholder livestock farmers in Zimbabwe are beginning to flip every notion about the country’s industry on its head. Continue reading →
Sustainable Livestock Digest, Sep/2016
Originally posted on ILRI news: Andrew Mude, a principal research scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), in Nairobi, Kenya, was yesterday named the 5th recipient of a prestigious award for his work in providing insurance to livestock herders in East Africa’s drylands through innovative, state-of-the-art technologies. It was announced yesterday (30 Aug 2016) in Nairobi, Kenya, that Andrew…
IBLI, Aug/2016
Drylands restoration is one key way of improving the productivity of agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa. A poster released by scientists at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), illustrates just some of the future research funded by the European Commission and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Continue reading →
Livestock system and environment , Aug/2016
A new study carried out by scientists at the ILRI’s mazingira centre measured GHG emissions from livestock waste in Kenya. A recently published paper reveals that GHG emission factors recorded from the African livestock waste are at least ten times lower than calculations based on the simplest level of IPCC methods and data, Tier 1. Continue reading →
Livestock system and environment , Jun/2016
Smallholder farmers in Malawi must cope with small farm size, low soil fertility and production risks associated with rainfed agriculture. Integration of legumes into maize-based cropping systems is advocated as a means to increase production of diverse nutrient-dense grains and improve soil fertility. Continue reading →
Africa RISING, Jun/2016
A multi-locational study in Zimbabwe aimed to determine the effect of four tillage systems on maize, cowpea and soybean yields, and evaluate the economic performance of the conservation agriculture (CA) systems relative to conventional plowing. Continue reading →
Africa RISING, Jun/2016
This document is a working guide for the agricultural and health extension workers in Mali. It is meant to help them to improve their knowledge, skills, and nutrition practices to ensure greater returns on investments in agricultural research for nutrition and health impacts. Continue reading →
Africa RISING, Jun/2016
Smallholder farming households in much of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are distinctly diverse within and across communities. This infographic seeks to visually explain the different 'best bet: best fit' pathways of intensification for contrasting farm categories (typologies). Continue reading →
Africa RISING, May/2016
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released household and community data from all five project countries through the Africa RISING Baseline Evaluation Survey (ARBES). Continue reading →
Africa RISING, May/2016

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