Managing the environmental footprint of livestock: Context-specific information needed in Africa
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Managing the environmental footprint of livestock: Context-specific information needed in Africa

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. 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

Voices from the lab: Postdoctoral researcher shares her first field trip experience
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Voices from the lab: Postdoctoral researcher shares her first field trip experience

In this blog, one of the most recent Mazingira members, Sonja Leitner (Postdoctoral researcher, soil ecologist) who started with the team on 1st March 2018, shares an experience of her first field trip to Tanzania. From 25-30/03/2018, I joined Lutz Merbold and Phyllis Ndung’u on a field trip to Tanzania, where we visited different smallholder … Continue reading

Mazingira contributes to a global litter decomposition initiative
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Mazingira contributes to a global litter decomposition initiative

Plant litter represents a major carbon pool in the global carbon cycle and accurate estimates of litter decomposition resulting in a major flux of CO2 to the atmosphere will allow to better constrain carbon turnover in ecosystems. Therefore a global approach – the TeaComposition Initiative – was taken (more info here: TeaComposition). In brief, within … Continue reading

First Mazingira PhD student – Alice Onyango – successfully defended her thesis
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First Mazingira PhD student – Alice Onyango – successfully defended her thesis

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! Continue reading

Improved emission factors for enteric methane emissions from smallholder cattle in Western Kenya
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Improved emission factors for enteric methane emissions from smallholder cattle in Western Kenya

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 … Continue reading

Mazingira Centre at Climate Smart Agriculture Conference 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa
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Mazingira Centre at Climate Smart Agriculture Conference 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa

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 … Continue reading