S.Kilungu (CCAFS)

Photo S.Kilungu (CCAFS)

Persuasion: Towards a calculus of influence in livestock research for development

By Susan Macmillan (ILRI) An ‘advocacy wheel’ diagram from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—which used it to help improve outcomes for children’s nutrition by way of the UN Sustainable Development Goals—presented by Hien Tran at a Livestock Advocacy and Communications Convening held at ILRI’s Ethiopia campus in Nov 2015. In November last year (2015),… Read more »

TOOLKIT

Nutrition toolkit on Integrated homestead food production (IHFP)

In 1977, IFAD made improving “the nutritional level of the poorest populations in developing countries” one of the principal objectives of its founding agreement. Since then, governments, civil society and development organizations also have come to recognize the central importance of nutrition. Not only is nutrition an outcome of economic growth, but, by improving human… Read more »

Susan MacMillan (ILRI)

Photo Susan MacMillan (ILRI)

Unlocking the potential of Africa to scale livestock development, high-level conference

By JAMES STAPLETON (ILRI) The African continent stands at a crossroads. Stimulated by rapid population, urbanization and per capita income rises, African economies are growing at unprecedented rates. The ‘sustainable intensification’ of agricultural systems offers greater food security, incomes, trade, and smallholder competitiveness. Failure could leave African states vulnerable to climate shock, rising food prices, and trade… 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 »

P. Kimeli

Photo P. Kimeli

Planning for the future from national, to county, to farm level

As Kenya continues the process of devolution, the bill and policy proposes that County governments integrate climate change action plans into their County Integrated Development Plans. Consultations with county government officials reveal that counties need technical and financial support to integrate climate change adaptation and mitigation actions in their development plans. Specifically, the counties call… Read more »