CCAFS / Climate change / East Africa / Environment / Mazingira / SLS

Better information and inclusive participation key to enable African farmers cope with changing climate

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

A new publication provides guidance and support on how to set up credible and affordable greenhouse gas inventories
CCAFS / Climate change / Environment / Uncategorized

A new publication provides guidance and support on how to set up credible and affordable greenhouse gas inventories

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the livestock sector and demonstrate that they are delivering on the ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change, countries will benefit from using advanced greenhouse gas inventory and accounting methods to monitor, verify and report on emissions. Source: Improved greenhouse gas inventories for livestock essential to meet Paris Climate … Continue reading

What are you feeding your cow? Dairy farmers trained on feeding and feed management
Capacity strengthening / Dairying / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / Mazingira / SLS

What are you feeding your cow? Dairy farmers trained on feeding and feed management

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

Greenhouse gas emissions from African cattle excreta less than estimated
CCAFS / Climate change / Environment / Kenya / Mazingira / SLS

Greenhouse gas emissions from African cattle excreta less than estimated

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…

Climate change / Environment / ILRI / Livestock / Mazingira / SLS

Understanding and managing the environmental footprint of livestock in Africa

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