Sustainable livestock systems program


The program brings together technologies and approaches from other ILRI programs (and elsewhere) in a systems context to address synergies and trade-offs to optimize the economic, social and environmental roles of livestock. It also addresses the two-way interactions between livestock and the environment; while livestock production is often a driver of environmental change, future climate change will have significant impacts on livestock production.

Recent accomplishments

Development of index-based livestock insurance (IBLI). Since its inception, IBLI has covered 20,000 pastoral households in Kenya and Ethiopia and made payouts to at least 12,000.

Establishment of the Mazingira Centre, the only facility in Africa to measure greenhouse gas emissions from livestock, complementing modelling work and generating unique data on emission factors for African livestock systems.


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ILRI sustainable livestock systems program

Photos from Flickr

May/2010 - Farmer Khetoli prepares feed for her pigs in Nikhekhu Village, Dimapur, Nagaland, India (photo credit: ILRI/Mann).May/2010 - Farmer Noor Ali ploughs his field in Kadmati Village, Brahampur, West Bengal, India (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann). Jul/2008 - In Muchamba Village, in Tete Province, Mozambique, livestock are herded to pasture in the early morning (photo credit: ILRI/Mann).May/2010 - Ramand Ram holds a kid at the plot where his family's cattle are kept in Rajasthan(photo credit: ILRI/Mann).
(photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann).Jul/2008 - Cattle coming in from the fields in the evening in Lhate Village, Chokwe, Mozambique (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann).Jul/2008 - Widowed farmer Maria Ngove feeds her goat in Lhate Village, Gurue, Mozambique (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann).May/2010 - Farmer Girdhai Lal Jat herds his cattle through the village of Nagar, in tonk district, Rajasthan, India, to water.(photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann).May/2010 - Young women herd goats in Rajasthan, India (photo credit: ILRI/Mann).Jul/2008 - Cattle coming in from the fields in the evening in Lhate Village, Chokwe, Mozambique (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann).