Smallholder farmers’ training presents new livelihood horizons for a group of women in western Kenya
Capacity strengthening / Dairying / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Mazingira / SLS

Smallholder farmers’ training presents new livelihood horizons for a group of women in western Kenya

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. Continue reading

New research partnership seeks to explore the value of bioslurry
CCAFS / Climate change / East Africa / Environment / Kenya / SLS / Uncategorized

New research partnership seeks to explore the value of bioslurry

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. Continue reading

Voices from the lab: A research fellow shares her experience at the Mazingira Centre
CCAFS / Climate change / East Africa / Environment / Kenya / Mazingira / SLS

Voices from the lab: A research fellow shares her experience at the Mazingira Centre

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

Capacity strengthening / CCAFS / Dairying / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / Mazingira / SLS

Improving productivity in Kenyan smallholder dairy systems through selective, intensive education and supported adoption

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

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…