The workshop on ‘Measurement and mitigation of greenhouse gases in African livestock systems: building capacity to meet the challenge’ took place on 24-26 September 2012 in Nairobi. Twenty participants representing Government, National Research Institutes and Universities from ten African countries participated in the workshop: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. The workshop was hosted by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and sponsored by the Government of New Zealand and the Research Program on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).
The workshop aimed at improving the understanding of the diversity of livestock systems in the region, the greenhouse gas emissions and the special characteristics of those systems. It aimed at showcase existing research programmes and document critical data, knowledge and capability gaps in order to identify activities that would help enhance the region’s ability to measure, monitor and develop options to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions intensity from livestock systems while improving the livelihoods of small holder farmers. A key goal of the workshop was to identify opportunities for future collaboration and coordinated capacity building activities in livestock mitigation research across African countries.
The workshop participants identified and agreed a set of priorities covering the regions of Western/South Africa and East Africa. The participants agreed to develop a three level taskforce coordinating at a national, regional and Pan Africa level to identify scientists and institutes for a research project which will improve the quantification of livestock emissions for national inventories.
All participants agreed to report back to their Governments and encourage countries to join the Global Research Alliance to advance research and collaboration in this area.