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Environmental health and biodiversity

Increasing productivity in food systems 
while staying within environmental boundaries 
and maintaining biodiversity

Environmental health and biodiversity

ILRI research contributes to the CGIAR impact area on Environmental health and biodiversity. 

Agriculture is the biggest driver of forest and biodiversity loss, including of diversity crucial to healthy diets and nutrition. A third of the world’s soils are degraded, and agriculture accounts for about 70% of global freshwater withdrawals. A healthy natural environment and biodiversity are critical for the long-term sustainability of food systems, and human health.

Browse research initiatives that contribute to this impact area. 


Environmental health and biodiversity research initiatives


Excellence in Agronomy for Sustainable Intensification and Climate Change Adaptation

Scientist at work


Crop fields

NEXUS Gains: Realizing Multiple Benefits Across Water, Energy, Food and Ecosystems

People irrigating crops

Plant Health and Rapid Response to Protect Food Security and Livelihoods

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Integrating environmental and ecosystem health into One Health – choices, contexts and communities matter

Esther Omosa, ILRI nutritionist, explaining about nutrition research at ILRI to Holger Meinke, ISDC Chair and Fetien Abera, ISDC member (ILRI/Kristen Tam).


CGIAR and partner collaboration: ‘We’re all singing the same song’

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Dengue and chikungunya outbreaks in Burkina Faso: An opportunity to strengthen One Health institutions

PhD students Demissie Dawana (left) and Tegegn Fantahun (far right) from the Mazingira Centre spent time with Loyapin Bondé (center) to demonstrate and explain how the biodigester is an effective tool to reduce manure emissions and transform manure into fertilizer. Photo courtesy of Loyapin Bondé


Enhancing West African greenhouse gas research through expert exchange visits at ILRI's Mazingira Centre

CGIAR Science Day 2023


CGIAR Science Day in Vietnam showcases research and innovations for food security

Cattle farmers in Vientiane, Lao PDR

Livestock perspectives in food systems: a vision for sustainable agriculture

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Global Agenda for Sustainable Development puts a focus on drivers of change in the livestock sector

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