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Fighting climate change in a post-modernist world of pop art politics—Opinion by Phil Thornton
Climate Change / CRP7 / Environment / Europe / ILRI / LSE / North America / Opinion piece / Policy / Research / UK / USA

Fighting climate change in a post-modernist world of pop art politics—Opinion by Phil Thornton

Phil Thornton leads CGIAR research on institutions and policies for climate-resilient food systems. He makes the case for better and closer scientist-citizen engagement in an opinion piece published this week in the wake of this year’s national political election results in Australia, the UK and the USA. Continue reading

Urban expansion has devastated once-rich wildlife populations in lands south of Nairobi, Kenya
Article / Biodiversity / East Africa / Environment / ILRI / Kenya / Pastoralism / PLE / Policy / Rangelands / Wildlife

Urban expansion has devastated once-rich wildlife populations in lands south of Nairobi, Kenya

The Athi-Kaputiei ecosystem covers about 2,200 square kilometres of Kenya’s Kajiado County, south of Nairobi. It is also home to Nairobi National Park—the world’s only game reserve within a major city. The ecosystem has experienced some dramatic changes since the late 19th century. The accounts of early writers paint a picture of a spectacular ecosystem teeming with diverse resident and migratory wildlife. Records describe abundant wildebeest that migrated seasonally with other wildlife species, livestock and pastoralists. In a recently published study my colleagues and I examined the impact of land fragmentation in the Athi-Kaputiei ecosystem between 1977 and 2014. Our study shows that urbanisation and development has put the ecosystem in distress. It has fragmented the landscape which has reduced the ability of animals to migrate as they used to. The result is that their numbers have plummeted. Continue reading

An ‘urban zoo’ project in Kenya is helping unpack the spread of disease in urban environments
Agri-Health / Article / CRP4 / Disease Control / East Africa / Emerging Diseases / FSZ / Health (Human) / ILRI / Kenya / Zoonotic Diseases

An ‘urban zoo’ project in Kenya is helping unpack the spread of disease in urban environments

Emerging infectious diseases are a major concern to the global public health community, both in terms of disease burden and economic burden. Understanding the processes that lead to their emergence is therefore a scientific research priority. Over the last five years Eric Fevre has been working with a group of researchers to understand what leads to the introduction of pathogens in urban environments and how those then emerge in the human population. Continue reading

Capacity development in agri-food systems: Entry points for research
Capacity Strengthening / CapDev / CGIAR / CRP12 / ILRI / Research

Capacity development in agri-food systems: Entry points for research

The International Livestock Research Institute, and other partners in the CGIAR Research Program on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics (Humidtropics) have released eight briefs to help CGIAR Research Programs integrate key ‘capacity development in systems’ concepts into their work. Continue reading

And in other news: Take a 3-min break this weekend to celebrate Africa’s climate heroes and change actions
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And in other news: Take a 3-min break this weekend to celebrate Africa’s climate heroes and change actions

This video comes from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and its many partners, including ILRI, which is proud to work with CCAFS and its lead centre, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). Continue reading

Tropical animal diseases and veterinary public health: ILRI at first AITVM/STVM joint conference
Agri-Health / Animal Diseases / Animal Health / ASSP / CRP37 / CRP4 / Disease Control / Epidemiology / FSZ / ILRI / Research / Zoonotic Diseases

Tropical animal diseases and veterinary public health: ILRI at first AITVM/STVM joint conference

From 4-8 September 2016 more than 250 researchers from 55 different countries met in Berlin, Germany, in the historic buildings of the Humboldt University for the first joint conference of the Association of Institutions for Tropical Veterinary Medicine (AITVM) and the Society of Tropical Veterinary Medicine (STVM). Continue reading

Dairy goes green: New tool will enable smallholders to swap GHG emission reductions for carbon credits
Article / Cattle / Climate Change / Dairying / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / LGI

Dairy goes green: New tool will enable smallholders to swap GHG emission reductions for carbon credits

By unlocking carbon credit markets, first-of-its-kind methodology looks to boost financing for smallholder farms, green the livestock sector. The new dairy methodology, developed by FAO, ILRI, Kenya State Department of Livestock and the Gold Standard Foundation, is a key to allowing smallholder dairy operations to receive internationally-accepted carbon credits in exchange for emission reductions. Continue reading