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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
On 20 to 24 June 2016, the centre hosted three high school students from Braeburn HighSchool, Nairobi, to provide them with an exposure on what ‘understanding and managing the environmental footprint of livestock’ entails.