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

Senior Kenya government officials visit ILRI’s Kapiti Research Station
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Senior Kenya government officials visit ILRI’s Kapiti Research Station

Originally posted on ILRI news:
https://flic.kr/p/2iFrCNC Jimmy Smith (centre), Dieter Schillinger (second right) and Sita Ghimire (right) with Kenya government officials who recently visited the Kapiti Research Station (photo credit: ILRI/Paul Karaimu). Three senior Kenya government officials visited the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Kapiti Research Station on 18 Mar 2020. Ambassador Samuel Gitonga, director…

ILRI ‘eWeigh’ mobile phone app to help farmers accurately estimate live weight of their cattle
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ILRI ‘eWeigh’ mobile phone app to help farmers accurately estimate live weight of their cattle

Originally posted on ILRI news:
One of the most important and revealing attributes of livestock is their live weight. This single measurement can help farmers effectively manage their stock and is critical for making informed decisions on aspects of animal production such as feed rations, market value, administration of veterinary drugs and mating times. For…

Where does the methane in the atmosphere come from?
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Where does the methane in the atmosphere come from?

In February 2020 a team from ILRI’s Mazingira Centre, Royal Holloway, University of London and Cambridge University went on a trip through Southern Kenya to sample air. Sampling air may sound arbitrary yet the bigger aim of this field campaign was to derive samples from livestock including cattle, sheep, goats and camels as well as … Continue reading

Two students from Braeburn International School Arusha joining Mazingira for a week
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Two students from Braeburn International School Arusha joining Mazingira for a week

At the end of February 2019, two students from the Braeburn International School Arusha joined the Mazingira Team for one week. They were not just looking over our shoulders to learn about what a typical environmental laboratory looks alike but actually got quite some hands-on experience. Read their short report below: By Melchim Roothaert and … Continue reading

Building capacity in greenhouse gas analytics beyond ILRI’s Mazingira Centre
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Building capacity in greenhouse gas analytics beyond ILRI’s Mazingira Centre

Besides the scaling of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions using models (see our previous training event here) there is a crucial need to build capacity on core analytics for GHG concentrations measurements such as gas chromatography. Based on the available instruments within ILRI’s Mazingira Centre, local universities (Maseno University) and national research centres (KALRO) we invited … Continue reading

First continuous greenhouse gas measurements and validation of satellite derived land surface temperature estimates in East African drylands
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First continuous greenhouse gas measurements and validation of satellite derived land surface temperature estimates in East African drylands

by Thomas Dowling (King’s College London) and Lutz Merbold (Mazingira Centre, ILRI) Since the beginning of August 2018, the International Livestock Research Institute’s (ILRI’s) Kapiti research station, approximately 60km South of Nairobi, has become a reference site for the validation of satellite derived land surface temperature (LST) in partnership with King’s College London (KCL). While … Continue reading

Feedback workshops yield significant insights for smallholder dairy farmers in Nandi and Bomet
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Feedback workshops yield significant insights for smallholder dairy farmers in Nandi and Bomet

Farmer feedback workshops carried out in Nandi and Bomet counties in Kenya address various challenges faced by dairy smallholders. Based on results from previous data collected, training sessions on various aspects of dairy farming are delivered. Continue reading