CGIAR Women Scientists invited to showcase livestock emissions mitigation potential at the USAID-supported Climate and Clean Air Conference

by CIGAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security - 8 April, 2024
Laura Cramer, Policy Engagement Specialist at ILRI and the CGIAR Research Initiative on Livestock and Climate, moderated the breakout session ‘Demystifying Methane and N2O Mitigation in the Agricultural Sector’.

Claudia Arndt, Co-Leader of Mazingira Centre at ILRI, and Bernard Kimoro, Head of Climate Change and Livestock at the Kenya State Department for Livestock, explain the biggest livestock issues in Kenya and partnership with each other. Photo by K.Tam/ILRI.

Claudia Arndt, Co-Leader of Mazingira Centre at ILRI, and Bernard Kimoro, Head of Climate Change and Livestock at the Kenya State Department for Livestock, explain the biggest livestock issues in Kenya and partnership with each other. Photo by K.Tam/ILRI.

 

‘In our pursuit of methane mitigation and meeting food security goals, we must optimize production while minimizing emission intensity through climate-smart livestock practices that not only help to increase livestock productivity but also improve livestock adaptation to climate change,’ Arndt concluded.  

 

ILRI also organized a field visit for CCAC members to ILRI’s Kapiti Research Station and Wildlife Conservancy. The visit showcased innovations such as the Eddy covariance flux tower to measure gas including methane exchange between land surface and the atmosphere, bomas (animal enclosures) emissions research site, and the enviro cow index. CCAC members expressed interest in collaborating with ILRI to strengthen local efforts to develop science-based policies that support agriculture development, emissions reduction and food security.  

 

Nelson Kipchirchir, field technician from Kapiti, explains to CCAC attendees about the Eddy tower's tools to measure soil temperature, moisture and other environmental factors, as well as how static flux chambers work to capture and measure soil emissions. Photo by K.Tam/ILRI. Nelson Kipchirchir, field technician from Kapiti, explains to CCAC attendees about the Eddy tower’s tools to measure soil temperature, moisture and other environmental factors, as well as how static flux chambers work to capture and measure soil emissions. Photo by K.Tam/ILRI.

 

The engagement of ILRI and the Initiatives on Livestock and Climate and Sustainable Livestock Production highlighted the critical importance of tailored approaches to mitigating SLCPs in agricultural systems in low and middle-income countries. Thanking ILRI for its’ contribution, UNEP Agriculture Expert in the CCAC Secretariat Greg Kohler said “ILRI’s support has helped us boost our engagement with ministries of agriculture. We are prioritizing implementation of methane abatement strategies in the livestock sector through the CCAC Agriculture Hub, and this was a great opportunity to showcase high-impact mitigation options for low- and middle-income countries throughout the conference.” 

 

Story by Fiona Flintan, Livestock and Climate Initiative Lead, and Madison Spinelli. 

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