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

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

Biodiversity / Climate change / Drylands / Environment / ILRI / LIVESTOCKCRP / Pastoralism / Rangelands / SLS

Putting drylands and rangelands on the agenda of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

Catch us at the Global Landscapes Forum in New York City on 28 September 2019 On 1st March this year, the UN General Assembly announced the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030. This upcoming decade offers a window of opportunity to massively scale up the restoration of degraded and destroyed ecosystems as a means to … Continue reading

Drylands / East Africa / Gender / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / LLAFS / Pastoralism / PIL / Women

Include us, involve us – women can be active players in Kenya’s livestock markets

Women livestock traders are a tiny minority in the male-dominated cattle trading sector in Kenya. But they don’t see themselves staying at the periphery of a growing livestock economy – they want in. Garissa, Kenya (29 Nov 2018)_ Garissa City in northeast Kenya is home to East Africa’s largest livestock market. It was also the … Continue reading

Drylands / Environment / FFD / Forages / ICARDA / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / North Africa / Pastoralism / Rangelands / Research / Tunisia

Traditional grazing-management practice makes an impact in southern Tunisia

[Written by Mouldi Gamoun, Jutta Werner, and Mounir Louhaichi, ICARDA] Degradation of rangelands is a major global concern, but land degradation processes in the rangelands are poorly understood. This lack of understanding has contributed to poorly-informed interventions and policies that have sometimes exacerbated degradation. Rangeland can become degraded due to crop cultivation, over-exploitation of livestock, over-extraction … Continue reading

Crop-Livestock / Drylands / Feeds / Forages / Gender / Innovation Systems / Intensification / Legumes / Livestock / LLAFS / Research / Southern Africa / Zimbabwe

Empowering women in integrated crop-livestock farming through innovation platforms in Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe, The ZimCLIFS project used innovation platforms to introduce better livestock feeds, improve market linkages for farmers to benefit from higher livestock productivity and to enhance knowledge and skills among support services enabling upscaling of the impacts of the integrated crop-livestock systems. Continue reading