Soil carbon – the “carbon beneath our feet” – could help mitigate significant greenhouse gas emissions, while also supporting food production and adaptation to climate change.
On 29 May to 1 June 2017, a team of scientists and other stakeholders in environmental research convened at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi to discuss environmental research infrastructures in Africa. This was a kick-off meeting of the project —Supporting EU-African Cooperation on Research Infrastructures for Food Security and Greenhouse gas observations (SEACRIFOG) — funded by the European Union under the Horizon2020 program.
A group of women in western Kenya, upon completion of a training course in smallholder dairy production offered by the Mazingira Centre of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), have adopted and commercialized preparation of home-made dairy meal for cattle.
The Mazingira Centre of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) has now entered into a research partnership with the Kenya Biogas Program (KBP) of Hivos to assess the environmental, agronomic and productivity effects of bioslurry as organic fertilizer for crops in smallholder systems.
‘Mazingira’ is the Swahili word for ‘environment’. The Mazingira Centre is an environmental research and educational facility established by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi. Research at the Mazingira Centre focuses on understanding and managing the environmental footprint of livestock systems without hampering productivity. Read more here
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.
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.