Phyllis Wanjugu Ndung’u is a Kenyan citizen and a final year Ph.D. student at the Department of Animal and Wildlife Sciences at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, as well as being a graduate fellow at Mazingira Centre at International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya. Her main research interests focus on improving livestock greenhouse gas emissions quantification for accurate accountability of African livestock systems' involvement in climate change. Phyllis previous research work has been to improve enteric methane emissions estimates for small and large ruminants under smallholder livestock systems in East Africa. She has extensive on-farm emissions data collection and analysis expertise. She is well versed with African livestock production systems and she has two questions that drive her academic career (i) Are these livestock systems emissions efficient? (ii) What can we do to make these livestock systems emissions efficient? To answer these questions, her doctoral research explores the emissions efficiency of smallholder livestock systems in East Africa. This work will contribute towards bridging the gap of the scarcity of primary livestock systems data that has been ailing many African countries as well as provide a cost-effective data collection protocol to equip their databases.
Associated Link: https://www.ilri.org/research/facilities/ilri-mazingira-centre