‘Mazingira’ is the Swahili word for ‘environment’. The Mazingira Centre is an environmental research and educational facility established by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi. Research at the Mazingira Centre focuses on understanding and managing the environmental footprint of livestock systems without hampering productivity. Read more here
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.
This poster, presented at the ongoing (26-30 June, 2016) 1st World Congress on Innovations for Livestock Development in Kenya, explains integrated manure management and why it is important in multifunctional livestock systems.
Agriculture, including livestock as well as crop production, makes up about a third (30%) of the global greenhouse gases (GHG) that are generated by human activity and warming our planet. About half of these agricultural emissions are caused by deforestation and soil carbon losses; the rest is largely generated by livestock (and some artificial fertilizer …