American agricultural economist Steve Staal leads livestock policy, trade and value chain research at ILRI
Animal Production / Crop-Livestock / Farming Systems / ILRI / Kenya / Philippines / Policy / Pro-Poor Livestock / PTVC / Research / Scholarship / Trade / Value Chains

American agricultural economist Steve Staal leads livestock policy, trade and value chain research at ILRI

Steve Staal, who for the past 15 months has served the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Los Baños, the Philippines, as regional representative for East and South Asia, this month takes up leadership of ILRI’s Policy, Trade and Value Chains program and is now based in Nairobi. Continue reading

Africa’s Cinderella story: $700 billion could be picked up in farmers’ fields–The Economist
Africa / Agriculture / Article / Crop-Livestock / Dairying / Intensification

Africa’s Cinderella story: $700 billion could be picked up in farmers’ fields–The Economist

It should be possible to grow much more in Africa. . . . Five decades ago it was one of the world’s great crop-exporters. Ghana grew most of the world’s cocoa, Nigeria was the biggest exporter of palm oil and peanuts, and Africa grew a quarter of all the coffee people slurped. Since then it has shifted from being a net exporter of food to an importer. Continue reading

‘Mixing it up’ down on the farm to better adapt to climate change
Africa / Article / CGIAR / Climate Change / Crop-Livestock / CRP7 / Farming Systems / ILRI / Livestock Systems / LSE

‘Mixing it up’ down on the farm to better adapt to climate change

A recent perspective piece published in Nature Climate Change by researchers Philip Thornton and Mario Herrero suggests that we still know very little about how climate change will impact these mixed farms and especially the interactions between crops and livestock. This is alarming as mixed farming systems form the backbone of smallholder production in developing countries,producing over 90% of the world’s milk supply and 80% of the meat from ruminants. Continue reading

ASSP / Capacity Strengthening / Crop-Livestock / CRP5 / East Africa / Environment / Ethiopia / Extension / Farming Systems / ILRI / ILRIComms / Innovation Systems / Livestock-Water / Nile Basin / NRM / Research / Water

Eight principles for land and water management in the Nile Basin

The Nile Basin Development Challenge (NBDC) in Ethiopia distilled insights, findings and experiences into eight key messages which, taken together, contribute to new water and land management paradigm that enables poor smallholder farmers improve their food security, livelihoods and incomes while conserving the natural resource base. Continue reading