Efforts towards mitigating green house gas emissions should help resource-poor farmers to not only decrease the environmental footprint of their small-scale livestock and whole-farm production systems but to simultaneously increase productivity and improve their livelihoods.
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.
Congratulations Alice Onyango for successfully defending your PhD thesis on 18th January 2018 at University of Hohenheim, Germany. The Mazingira Team is very proud of you!
After having spent one year in the field and following approximately 1000 cattle from smallholder farmers, Alice Onyango, John Patrick Goopy and colleagues present improved emission factors for enteric methane emissions from smallholder cattle in Nyando Kenya. The study, recently published in Agricultural Systems not only provides TIER 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emission estimates, but …
This years Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Conference 2017 took place from 27th-30th November 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference brought policy makers, NGOs and scientists together to discuss the progress being made in implementing CSA primarily in developing countries. Each day was organized around plenary sessions and followed by parallel focused sessions in the …
Following a grant awarded by Climate, Food and Farming Network (CLIFF) 2017, we, Joseph Macharia and Jane Gitonga got an opportunity to attend the CLIFF workshop held in Cologne, Germany between 7th November and 11th November 2017. The CLIFF Research Network: a capacity-building program for PhD/Masters students from developing countries under the umbrella of Climate …
Soil carbon – the “carbon beneath our feet” – could help mitigate significant greenhouse gas emissions, while also supporting food production and adaptation to climate change.
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.
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.