Mazingira centre

A state-of-the-art environmental research and education centre has been established at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).Known as the Mazingira (Swahili for environment) Centre, this state-of-the-art environmental research and education focuses on understanding and managing the environmental footprint of livestock systems.
In this blog, one of the many researchers hosted by the Mazingira Centre under its objective of capacity development, Shade Akinsete from the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, shares her experience as a Postdoctoral fellow (funded via Climate Impacts Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement – CIRCLE – program) - at the Centre. Continue reading →
Mazingira, Jan/2017
A new book, Methods for Measuring Greenhouse Gas Balances and Evaluating Mitigation Options in Smallholder Agriculture, explains how to design a measurement program; how to quantify stocks, stock changes and fluxes of the major GHG sources and sinks including; and how to use field measurements to estimate mitigation potential at larger scales, and assess trade-offs between climate change and development objectives. Continue reading →
Mazingira, Dec/2016
The Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance (ACSAA) held its second annual forum in Nairobi on 11–13 October 2016 which discussed Africa’s intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs). Under the Paris Agreement that seeks to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, countries publicly outlined the climate actions they intended to take, known as their INDCs. A parallel session by the CGIAR Research … Continue reading →
Mazingira, Oct/2016
This poster, produced for the Tropentag 2016 conference, shares how the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is working with NGOs, dairy cooperatives and GIZ, in the framework of a BMZ-funded project in western Kenya, to assess the potential of dairy farmers to implement new technologies that will further improve their operations. Continue reading →
Mazingira, Sep/2016
Feed constraints are among the key constraints that smallholder dairy farmers grapple with. Staff of the Mazingira Centre—an environmental research and educational facility of the Kenya-based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)—are helping to build the capacity of farmers to improve the productivity of their dairy cows. Continue reading →
Mazingira, Aug/2016
Originally posted on ILRI Clippings: ‘While greenhouse gas emissions of cattle excreta vary by diet, breed and other factors, measurements found that commonly used Tier 1 emission factors consistently overestimated actual emissions. Cattle keeping in Kenya (photo credit: CCAFS/C Schubert). Cattle keeping in South Africa (photo via StormSignal on Flickr). ‘Using the state-of-the-art laboratory established…
Mazingira, Jul/2016
Using the state-of-the-art laboratory established in 2015 in Nairobi called the Mazingira Center, scientists are measuring greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture in Africa, key to improving the accuracy of emissions data for both national reporting and mitigation. Already, scientists found that Tier 1 emission factors established by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) overestimate both methane and nitrous oxide emissions from cattle excreta, given typical smallhoder practices in Eastern Africa. Continue reading →
ILRI clippings, Jul/2016
On 20 to 24 June 2016, the centre hosted three high school students from Braeburn HighSchool, Nairobi, to provide them with an exposure on what ‘understanding and managing the environmental footprint of livestock’ entails. Continue reading →
Mazingira, Jul/2016
This poster, presented at the ongoing (26-30 June, 2016) 1st World Congress on Innovations for Livestock Development in Kenya, explains integrated manure management and why it is important in multifunctional livestock systems. Continue reading →
Mazingira, Jun/2016
Agriculture, including livestock as well as crop production, makes up about a third (30%) of the global greenhouse gases (GHG) that are generated by human activity and warming our planet. About half of these agricultural emissions are caused by deforestation and soil carbon losses; the rest is largely generated by livestock (and some artificial fertilizer … Continue reading →
Mazingira, Jun/2016

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Dorine Odongo
communications and Knowledge management specialist
Lutz Merbold
Senior Scientist Mazingira Centre