Victor Dobai

Photo Victor Dobai

Serious rain: East Africa’s annual Easter resurrection

By Susan Macmillan (ILRI) Boys with their goats in the rain in Kenya (ILRI/Stevie Mann). 3 April 2016: Loresho, Nairobi suburb Exactly four days following Easter Sunday this year, the ‘long rains’ arrived in Nairobi, watering the earth, flooding the streets, pounding the rooftops. All night that night, and all night the following nights, the kusi monsoon,… Read more »

N.Palmer (CIAT)

Photo N.Palmer (CIAT)

New program in Rwanda will transform agriculture through climate information and historic data reconstruction

The Rwanda Climate Services for Agriculture project, which launches on #WorldMetDay 2016, will benefit nearly one million farmers over the next three years and reshape national food security planning for the long term. (Kigali, Rwanda) 23 March 2016 – To build a more climate-resilient agriculture sector, the Rwandan government and partners are taking action to provide nearly… Read more »

The BecA-ILRI Hub - An African centre for excellence in agricultural biosciences

The BecA-ILRI Hub – An African centre for excellence in agricultural biosciences

Agriculture is widely recognized as a key driver of inclusive and sustainable economic growth in Africa. The need to harness biosciences-based innovations to capitalize on agriculture’s potential underpinned the vision of the African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AU/NEPAD) initiative leading to the establishment of biosciences “centres for excellence” across the continent. One such… Read more »

Processing African cassava peels, potentially a billion dollar business

By James Stapleton With livestock production expected to more than double in the next 40 years, transforming cassava peels into high quality feed holds huge potential for African economies struggling to meet rapidly rising demand for animal-source products, according to research proposal recently published by three CGIAR centres. Africa’s estimated 50 million tonnes of cassava peel… Read more »

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Sustainable small ruminant breeding program for climate-smart villages in Kenya

Improving productivity of sheep and goats (i.e. small ruminants- SR) under smallholder farming systems faced with challenges of unfavourable climatic events has been identified as one means of enhancing livelihoods of communities living in these areas. Interventions are targeted through clusters of farmers grouped into “climate smart villages” (CSV) under a collaborative action by CCAFS,… Read more »

S.Kilungu (CCAFS)

Photo S.Kilungu (CCAFS)

Kenya’s native goats and sheep, expertly crossbred, are key to helping farmers cope with climate change

Written by Julie Ojango (ILRI) and Vivian Atakos (CCAFS) Smallholder farmers and pastoral herders in East Africa are the target of an ongoing joint project of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). This… Read more »