Drylands / Environment / LIVESTOCKCRP / Pastoralism / Rangelands

Making the case for new data on rangelands

“What if much of the basic information being used to describe approximately half of the world’s land surface dated from as far back as the 1960s? (And, is ‘approximately half’ even still a correct estimation?)” This is the question asked by writer Gloria Pallares in her recent post on rangelands in the Global Landscapes Forum’s Landscape … Continue reading

Asia / CIAT / Intensification / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / LLAFS / Southeast Asia / Value chains / Vietnam

New livestock project in Vietnam can help improve livelihoods of ethnic minorities

The CGIAR Research Program on Livestock  (Livestock CRP) recently launched a new project in Son La Province, in the northwest highland region of Vietnam. This research-for-development project will promote and scale up livestock-based technologies to generate better livelihoods for livestock keepers, with a particular focus on ethnic minorities. In addition to scaling up technologies, researchers will develop additional options to enable market linkages for local livestock products and lessen negative impacts of livestock production on the environment. Continue reading

CCAFS / CIAT / Climate change / Environment / Forages / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Pastoralism / Research

CIAT livestock scientist Jacobo Arango receives top Japan agricultural research prize

Colombian environmental biologist, Jacobo Arango, of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), was recently awarded the 2019 Japan International Award for Young Agricultural Researchers by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF) and the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS). This prestigious award recognizes Arango’s contributions to developments in … Continue reading

Biodiversity / Climate change / Drylands / LIVESTOCKCRP / Pastoralism / Rangelands

Rangelands and drylands go global at the Global Landscapes Forum

Mary Letirok, a pastoralist from Oldonyiro, Kenya, describes a changing landscape threatens her livelihood. She calls for urgent landscape restoration to bring back the rain and vegetation her community’s livestock need to survive. Rangelands and drylands, together with the people whose lives and livelihood upon them, are often forgotten in global discussions. But at the “Restore … Continue reading

Engagement / ILRI / LIVESTOCKCRP / Partnership / Research / SLU

Thomas F. Randolph receives honorary doctorate from Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

On 5th October, long-time ILRI scientist and Director of the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock (Livestock CRP), Thomas F. Randolph, received the distinction of “doctor honoris causa” from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science at the Swedish University of Agriculture Sciences (SLU) in Uppsala, Sweden. Randolph was one of seven honorary doctors appointed … Continue reading

Engagement / Innovation Systems / Intensification / LIVESTOCKCRP / Partnership / Scaling

Bringing livestock research and business together for sustainable agriculture

Currently, a large share of animal-source foods in lower-income countries is produced in smallholder systems. For these systems to successfully intensify to feed growing populations, they need to adopt innovations at a large scale and be sure to properly address critical sustainability issues – social, environmental, economic, etc. This requires access not only to existing … Continue reading

Drylands / Environment / ICARDA / LIVESTOCKCRP / North Africa / Pastoralism / Rangelands / Tunisia

A new comprehensive rangeland management tool for dryland areas can help promote sustainable land use

Written by Judy Kimani and Mounir Louhaichi What is often under-appreciated and at times not recognized is that rangelands are vast and varied ecosystems that provide valuable resources such as vegetation, water and soils. These contribute significantly towards improving livelihoods, offering income sources, food and nutrition security, trade and tourism. Yet these resources are continuously … Continue reading