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Frank Rijsberman appointed director general of the Global Green Growth Institute
Article / CGIAR / Staff

Frank Rijsberman appointed director general of the Global Green Growth Institute

‘Dr. Frank Rijsberman, the former CEO of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium, has been appointed as the Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). Dr. Rijsberman will lead the Seoul-based international organization for a four-year term, beginning on October 1, 2016, succeeding Yvo de Boer. ‘”The opportunity to support developing … Continue reading

Animal Products / CRP2 / ILRI / Livestock / Middle East / PTVC / Report / Research / Somalia / Trade

Saudi livestock market requirements, implications for Somaliland

Livestock are the backbone of the Somaliland economy accounting for about 60% of the country’s gross domestic product, 70% of employment opportunities and 85% of export earnings, and about 15% of total government revenue. Despite being Somaliland’s biggest livestock export market, little is known about marketing channels, grading and pricing of Somaliland livestock in Saudi Arabia. A recent research report, sheds a light on these key issues and how they affect Somaliland exporters. Continue reading

Greenhouse gas emissions from African cattle excreta less than estimated
Article / Cattle / Climate Change / CRP7 / East Africa / ILRI / Kenya / LSE / Mazingira

Greenhouse gas emissions from African cattle excreta less than estimated

Using the state-of-the-art laboratory established in 2015 in Nairobi called the Mazingira Center, scientists are measuring greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture in Africa, key to improving the accuracy of emissions data for both national reporting and mitigation. Already, scientists found that Tier 1 emission factors established by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) overestimate both methane and nitrous oxide emissions from cattle excreta, given typical smallhoder practices in Eastern Africa. Continue reading

‘Desertification’—A timely synthesis of three decades of evidence that this topic has (long) passed its sell-by date
Books and chapters / Climate Change / Pastoralism / Policy / Pro-Poor Livestock / Rangelands

‘Desertification’—A timely synthesis of three decades of evidence that this topic has (long) passed its sell-by date

A great new book, ‘The End of Desertification? Disputing Environmental Change in the Drylands’, edited by Roy Behnke and Mike Mortimore, has 20 top quality chapters from all over the world, documenting why the term desertification has passed its sell-by date, if it ever had one at all. It is an impressive and timely synthesis. Continue reading

Animal Diseases / Animal Health / Animal Production / AVCD / CRP37 / Dairying / Disease Control / ECF / Kenya / LGI / Project / Vaccines / Value Chains

Protecting cattle against East Coast fever to boost dairy production in western Kenya

Since early 2016, AVCD dairy has been working to facilitate farmers’ awareness on the availability and access to ECF vaccines. ILRI has partnered with the county government to expand the distributional reach of the vaccine and improve vaccine delivery. Continue reading