Sustainable livestock systems

Sustainable livestock systems

Objective

The program brings together technologies and approaches from other ILRI programs (and elsewhere) in a systems context to address synergies and trade-offs to optimize the economic, social and environmental roles of livestock. It also addresses the two-way interactions between livestock and the environment; while livestock production is often a driver of environmental change, future climate change will have significant impacts on livestock production.

Recent accomplishments

Development of index-based livestock insurance (IBLI). Since its inception, IBLI has covered 20,000 pastoral households in Kenya and Ethiopia and made payouts to at least 12,000.

Establishment of the Mazingira Centre, the only facility in Africa to measure greenhouse gas emissions from livestock, complementing modelling work and generating unique data on emission factors for African livestock systems.
 

Related Publications

Greenhouse gas emissions from cattle enclosures in semi-arid sub-Saharan Africa: The case of a rangeland in South-Central Kenya

  • Leitner, Sonja M.
  • Carbonell, Victoria
  • Mhindu, Rangarirayi L.
  • Zhu, Yuhao
  • Mutuo, Paul
  • Butterbach-Bahl, Klaus
  • Merbold, Lutz

Haymaking

  • Lukuyu, Ben A.
  • Gichuki, Leah

Silage making: Above ground method

  • Lukuyu, Ben A.
  • Gichuki, Leah

Desmodium for livestock feed

  • Lukuyu, Ben A.
  • Gichuki, Leah

Management and use of crop residues in Kenya

  • Lukuyu, Ben A.
  • Gichuki, Leah

Silage making: Polythene bags and plastic drums method

  • Lukuyu, Ben A.
  • Gichuki, Leah

You may also like

Farmers representatives, indigenous forecasters, meteorologists and partners in Kabarnet, Baringo County for PSP workshop (photo: ILRI/Kristen Tam).

ILRI News

Blending indigenous traditional knowledge with scientific weather predictions to enhance livestock production in Baringo, Kenya

Digital Solutions

ILRI News

Digital solutions for a sustainable future: Key takeaways from a convening of digital agriculture experts working in Ethiopia

CircAgric drone measuring emissions from a herd of camels at Kapiti (Alouette van Hove, University of Oslo)

ILRI News

First use of a drone to measure ruminant methane emissions in Africa

The Africa RISING End-of-Program Report: Highlights of a legacy of agricultural research in development for a sustainable future

ILRI News

The Africa RISING end-of-program report: Highlights of a legacy of agricultural research in development for a sustainable future

Some of attendees at the field visit during the Ress Comm II launch (photo credit: IITA/Hadi Rashid).

ILRI News

Second phase of ResComm agroecology project focuses on smallholder livelihoods in central Tanzania

Documentation of best practices on fodder production in Wajir for KRDP1 project on Enhanced Community Resilience to Drought in ASALs, 10-13 March 2014 (photo credit: ILRI/Dorine Odongo).

ILRI News

Connecting climate action and peace building in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands

women

ILRI News

ILRI and ICAR 2023 annual review of progress of collaborative projects