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

Designing environmental research infrastructures in Africa
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Designing environmental research infrastructures in Africa

On 29 May to 1 June 2017, a team of scientists and other stakeholders in environmental research convened at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi to discuss environmental research infrastructures in Africa. This was a kick-off meeting of the project —Supporting EU-African Cooperation on Research Infrastructures for Food Security and Greenhouse gas observations (SEACRIFOG) — funded by the European Union under the Horizon2020 program. Continue reading

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