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

Drylands / Environment / ICARDA / ILRI / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / North Africa / Pastoralism / Rangelands / Research / Resilience / Tunisia

Partnerships to improve pastoral policies in Tunisia – new ICARDA project works on updating Tunisian pastoral code

A new International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) project, Partnerships for Improving Pastoral Policies (PIPP), is offering policy advice to the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture to update the existing Forests Code in an inclusive and participatory way, while at the same time respecting scientifically proven best practices of dryland rangeland governance. Continue reading

Climate change / Drylands / Environment / ICARDA / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / North Africa / Pastoralism / Rangelands / Research / Resilience / Tunisia

Measuring rangeland degradation for greater resilience

Non-destructive, accurate, and more rapid alternatives of measuring canopy cover are urgently needed. One potential alternative, developed by scientists at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) and Oregon State University, uses image processing software to determine rangeland ground cover from color digital images Continue reading