Public Lecture on Global impacts of grazing biomass degradation on livestock productivity

August 29, 2016 | 13:30 h - 14:30 h

We cordially invite you to our next public lecture with

Dr. Ephraim Nkonya,

senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (<link>IFPRI</link>), Washington D.C.,

on Global impacts of grazing biomass degradation on livestock productivity  – a statistical approach”

Date: Monday, August 29, 2016, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Venue: Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung / Center for Development Research (ZEF), Walter-Flex-Straße 3, 53113 Bonn (see <link 2316>map</link>). Right conference room.



With the aim to quantify the global cost of grassland degradation, a research consortium around Dr. Nkonya designed a modeling framework using global statistics databases and remote sensing data coupled with statistical modeling. By using this framework, the consortium identified grassland degradation hotspots over the period of 2001 to 2011 and estimated changes in livestock productivity associated with changes in grassland productivity within the hotspots. Ignoring environmental benefits and losses in live weight of livestock not slaughtered or sold, the cost of livestock productivity was estimated atUS$6.8 billion in 2007. Although on-farm cost is small in Sub-Saharan Africa due to the low livestock productivity, the impact on human welfare would be much more severe in the region where majority of the population is below the poverty line. This implies that addressing grassland degradation is even more urgent in the region, given the increasing demand for livestock products and the potential contribution to poverty reduction. Taking action toward grassland degradation could simultaneously reduce poverty and promote carbon sequestration while conserving socio-economic, cultural, and ecological benefits that livestock provide.



<link>Dr. Ephraim Nkonya</link> is a senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington D.C. Dr. Nkonya leads an IFPRI program on land resources for poverty reduction. He has published widely in referred journals on issues related to natural resource management, poverty reduction, climate change and role of rural services on poverty reduction. In collaboration with scientists from around the world, Dr. Nkonya is currently leading a global study on the economics of land degradation (ELD), which aims to measure the cost of inaction against land degradation and the benefit of taking against land degradation. A springer book on ELD has been published in 2016.

Entrance to the lecture is free, no registration is required. We are looking forward to seeing you at ZEF on August 29!


Alisher Mirzabaev

PD Dr. Alisher Mirzabaev