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January 14, 2019Knowledge Portal
Options and challenges for organic milk production in East African smallholder farms under certified organic crop production

The aim of this article is to suggest and discuss different development scenarios for organic dairy production, based on data from three East African studies of dairy production at certified organic cash crop farms. The study concludes that there are good possibilities for more local recirculation of feed and manure, although with limited benefits when there are only few animals with short lactations on the farm. »

October 17, 2018Knowledge Portal
Empowering women in integrated crop-livestock farming through innovation platforms: Experience in semi-arid Zimbabwe

This brief proposes that engaging women through innovation platforms in the inclusive processes of technology and market development can accelerate transitions towards greater sustainability, food security, nutrition, education and health. Innovation platforms are important to keep the dialog open. »

March 5, 2018Knowledge Portal
Multi-scale measurements show limited soil greenhouse gas emissions in Kenyan smallholder coffee-dairy systems

This article aims to quantify soil greenhouse gas emissions at different spatial (between farms, among fields within farms, and between fertilised and unfertilised locations within fields) and temporal scales (between seasons, wet and dry periods) in smallholder integrated dairy-coffee systems in Kenya. »

January 25, 2018Knowledge Portal
A qualitative evaluation of CSA options in mixed crop-livestock systems in developing countries

This book chapter summarizes the climate smartness of different alternatives in the mixed crop-livestock systems in developing countries from both a technical and an institutional perspective. »

March 1, 2017Knowledge Portal
Capitalizing on the livestock revolution; ILRI corporate report 2015–2016

This report by ILRI provides examples of putting science into practice, facilitating evidence-based decision-making and developing the capacities of livestock. The report has five chapters of interlinked areas: livestock genetics and breeding; livestock feeds and forages; livestock and human health; policies, value chains and livelihoods; and sustainable livestock systems. »

February 25, 2017Knowledge Portal
Prioritizing climate-smart livestock technologies in rural Tanzania: A minimum data approach

This article elaborates on the possibilities of climate-smart livestock technologies in rural Tanzania. Crop-livestock production systems play an important role in the livelihoods of many rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) but are vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change. Understanding which farming options will give the highest return on investment in light of climate change is critical information for decision-making. »