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Power, partnership and participation: Nile Basin Development Challenge in summary

The CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) just published a summary of land and water research, lessons and outcomes generated by the Nile Basin Development Challenge in Ethiopia. Continue reading

Environment / Event / ILRI / Livestock-Water / USA / Water

Water ‘hoofprint’ of farm animals differs greatly by region and livestock production system–and can be reduced

Village women wash clothes and cattle are watered at a pond in Rajasthan, India (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann). The fifth annual Water for Food Conference was held 5–8 May 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, hosted by the University of Nebraska’s Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and sponsored … Continue reading

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New project promises better ‘LIVES’ for Ethiopia’s livestock and irrigation farmers

A baseline survey was conducted for the Livestock and Irrigation Value Chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES) project in Sidama (Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region), Ethiopia (photo credit: ILRI/Kettema Yilma). ‘The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) have launched a new project called “Livestock and [Irrigation] Value Chains for … Continue reading

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How much water is in the meat on your plate? Livestock live talk at ILRI on 7 February 2013

What is a ‘water footprint’ and why does it matter? How does the ‘livestock water footprint’ differ between developing and developed countries? These are some of the questions that Arjen Hoekstra, a renowned professor in water management from the University of Twente in the Netherlands, will attempt to answer when he gives a ‘livestock live talk’ … Continue reading

Africa / CRP5 / East Africa / Ethiopia / Livestock Systems / Livestock-Water / Nile Basin / NRM / Project / Water

The ‘happy strategies’ game: Matching land and water interventions with community and landscape needs

In mid 2011, Catherine Pfeifer, ILRI/IWMI researcher in the Nile Basin Development Challenge (NBDC), posed us a challenge: What kind of exercise could we do that would combine ‘expert’ knowledge of land and water practices with the needs of ‘landscapes’ and communities where these could be applied. The result should be some validated ‘best bet’ … Continue reading

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Worldwide research initiative launched to tackle global crises in water, food and the environment

Today, at the Planet Under Pressure conference in London, an ambitious new research program was launched by the world’s largest consortium of agricultural researchers. It aims to address some of the world’s most pressing problems related to boosting food production and improving livelihoods, whilst simultaneously protecting the environment. The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land … Continue reading

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ILRI scientists map Kenyan watershed services to benefit people, crops, livestock and wildlife

A map of land use in the Ewaso Ng’iro watershed, taken from Mapping and Valuing Ecosystem Services in the Ewaso Ng’iro Watershed, published in 2011 by ILRI. From Ecosystem Marketplace comes this review of a new publication from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). ‘. . . As climate change increases the frequency and intensity of floods … Continue reading

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Opportunities for water-efficient livestock production

For the November 2011 ‘liveSTOCK Exchange’ event at ILRI, Don Peden, Tilahun Amede and Amare Haileslassie prepared an issue brief on ways to maximize the benefits derived from animal products per unit of water consumed … Is it true that animal production uses excessive and unsustainable volumes of water? How can the livestock sector reduce … Continue reading

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Livestock and ILRI in the CGIAR’s Challenge Program on Water and Food

For the November 2011 ‘liveSTOCK Exchange’ event at ILRI, Larry Harrington, from the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF), reflects on livestock and ILRI in its programs … The CPWF was formed in the early 2000’s with a programmatic focus on water scarcity, food security and poverty. It finished its first research phase … Continue reading

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Rethinking drylands: Time to unlock their (big, neglected) potential

A herd of livestock near Marsabit town, in Kenya’s remote northern pastoral drylands (image on Flickr by Neil Palmer/CIAT). It’s time to unlock the potential of the world’s drylands, which cover more than one-third of the earth and are home to a third of humanity, half of whom—one billion—live in poverty and hunger. The current famine … Continue reading