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.

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
Increasing demands for meat and milk in developing countries and the associated production growth are driving the expansion of agriculture at the expense of environmental conservation and other land uses. While considerable attention has been directed at improving crop yields to alleviate the pressure on land, there has been far less attention on the implications … Continue reading →
Livestock system and environment , May/2016
A new policy report published by RESULTS UK this week, highlights the Index Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) Program in Kenya, as one of the initiatives that are successfully reaching vulnerable people with climate risk insurance in developing countries. Continue reading →
IBLI, May/2016
Productivity and profitability of meat and milk production from small ruminants are geared by reproductive performance. Females that fail to reproduce are only negatively impacting the environment. A major setback here is infertility but other reproductive-related problems are also important. A whole generation of easy-use, high resolution, portable ultrasound machines is now available to provide different levels of information which will translate into concrete management strategies. Continue reading →
Livestock and Fish, May/2016
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 http://learning.ilri.org/.  The IBLI e-Learning course was launched on the 22nd of March 2016 at the International Livestock Research … Continue reading →
IBLI, Apr/2016
Originally posted on ILRI Clippings: 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. https://livestocksystems.ilri.org/2016/04/14/dat...
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

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