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Voices from the lab: highlights of my internship at Mazingira
Africa / Climate change / East Africa / Emission Factors / Environment / GHG Emissions / Greenhouse Gas / Kenya / Livestock / Mazingira

Voices from the lab: highlights of my internship at Mazingira

The natural, physical, and social studies of climate change, the environment, and our food systems are vital to tackling today’s environmental challenges. For young students looking to dive deep into research, gaining field and laboratory experience is essential. My internship at the International Livestock Research Institute’s (ILRI) Mazingira Centre offered me the means of doing … Continue reading

African livestock systems’ greenhouse gas emission intensities are not as high as believed and potential avenues to reduce them
Africa / Climate change / East Africa / Emission Factors / Environment / GHG Emissions / Greenhouse Gas / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / Mazingira / SLS

African livestock systems’ greenhouse gas emission intensities are not as high as believed and potential avenues to reduce them

Research shows that the GHG emissions intensities (EI) of smallholder livestock farms vary widely with up to 50% of the sampled smallholder livestock farms having EI similar to mean Pan-Europeans emissions intensities. Continue reading

Mazingira Centre – a role model for environmental research infrastructure in Africa
Africa / Climate change / Emission Factors / Environment / Food Systems / GHG Emissions / Greenhouse Gas / ILRI / Mazingira / Research Infrastructure / SLS

Mazingira Centre – a role model for environmental research infrastructure in Africa

Climate change threatens the livelihoods of millions of people in Africa. The rise in global temperatures, changes in rainfall, and the increase of extreme weather conditions all pose a serious risk to the agricultural sector and food and nutrition security. At the same time, Africa is currently the most uncertain region with regard to global … Continue reading

Environmental externalities and greenhouse gas emissions from water pans and bomas in pastoral systems
Climate change / East Africa / Environment / GHG Emissions / Greenhouse Gas / Kenya / Livestock / Mazingira / SLS

Environmental externalities and greenhouse gas emissions from water pans and bomas in pastoral systems

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, and ILRI’s Mazingira Centre join forces to study the role of water pans and bomas in pastoral systems On Oct 25, Gretchen Gettel and Tibor Stigter from IHE Delft arrived at the Mazingira Center in Nairobi. Together with Klaus Butterbach-Bahl from Karlsruhe Institute for Technology … Continue reading

Digging into Bomas
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Digging into Bomas

In a new international research effort, scientists from ILRI’s Mazingira Centre (Kenya), Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (Germany), and the Sustainable Agroecosystems Group at ETH Zurich (Switzerland) are teaming up to take a sharp look at the underlying mechanisms of nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from bomas. N2O is a potent greenhouse gas, originating mostly from agricultural … Continue reading

The New leadership of ILRI’s Mazingira Centre
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The New leadership of ILRI’s Mazingira Centre

The teams Claudia Arndt and Cesar Patino are leading at the Mazingira Centre are supporting ILRI’s ongoing research to improve livestock greenhouse gas emission inventories – an accounting of the amount of pollutants discharged into the atmosphere – in Africa as well as to develop climate-smart conservation and management practices that meet the needs of the continent’s millions of small-scale livestock farmers. Continue reading

A field visit to support climate-smart sustainable agro-pastoralism in East Africa
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A field visit to support climate-smart sustainable agro-pastoralism in East Africa

On 1 Sep 2021, scientists Sonja Leitner and Claudia Arndt from the Mazingira Centre of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya, hosted a group of international researchers on ILRI’s Kapiti Research Station in Machakos County. They were supported in the field by farm manager Nehemiah Kimengich and field technician Nelson Kipchirchir from … Continue reading

Research activities under COVID-19: a case of the ReDEAL project
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Research activities under COVID-19: a case of the ReDEAL project

This blog has been written by Dr. Alice Onyango “If we continue to treat this disease normally, it will treat us abnormally” is a popular quote in Kenya, recently originating from Hon. Mutahi Kagwe, the Cabinet Secretary of Health. This is true in all facets of life including research, where we must accept a “new … Continue reading

New study finds that severe undernutrition of cattle increases their methane production
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New study finds that severe undernutrition of cattle increases their methane production

A study by researchers at the International ILRI, and partners in Germany investigated the effects of moderate to severe levels of feeding below an animal’s energy requirement on enteric methane production in young Boran steers. The study found that methane produced by an animal per unit feed intake increases as the amount of feed consumed by an animal decreases. Continue reading

Setting up a soil analytical laboratory at University of Kabianga
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Setting up a soil analytical laboratory at University of Kabianga

The Restoring African Degraded Landscaped (ReDEAL) project is an interdisciplinary and collaboratively coordinated research project that aims at helping smallholder to avoid further and possibly reverse land degradation without compromising livelihoods and food production. The project partners are Lancaster University, University of Manchester, CIFOR, ILRI and the university of Kabianga. Part of the project is … Continue reading