The aim of this project is to integrate environmental, economic and equity considerations into decision making around livestock intensification. To achieve this, we take an innovative step forward in the use of analytical tools for the management of environmental and livelihood change in developing country contexts.
The CLEANED* tool provides a rapid assessment of livestock production system changes in a data poor environments undergoing fast change. The assessment is in terms of water, land/soil, biodiversity and GHG emissions, and is undertaken at the landscape scale, using modeling to generate maps showing the distribution of environmental change. In this project we will explore, through an action research methodology, how CLEANED can be used to secure equity and inclusion in decision making around agricultural intensification.
CLEANED will be rolled out in case studies locations in three countries (Burkino Faso, Ethiopia and Tanzania), embedded within a participatory ‘social learning’ process, which is designed to engage all stakeholders. This includes policy makers and those who are frequently marginalized from decision making, such as smallholder farmers and women. As an action-research project, learning will be developed alongside stakeholders who are engaged in assessing alternative intensification scenarios.
This research project addresses three fundamental characteristics of smallholder livestock production that need to be considered to ensure an inclusive and sustainable intensification process:
Livestock production systems in developing countries are undergoing very rapid development. Sustained participation in development decisions regarding equitable, long term production rest upon a continued and inclusive learning and adaptive process. To support this, we will operationalize our project through an environmental and production trade-off ‘learning space’ in each case study country that can be continued beyond the life of the project.
*CLEANED stands for Comprehensive Livestock-Aquaculture Environmental Assessment for Improved Nutrition, a Secured Environment and Sustainable Development along Value Chains
Project Lead: Jon Ensor
Lead: Stockholm Environment Institute
In collaboration with:
International Livestock Research Institute
Institut de l’Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles
Environment & Climate Research Centre at the Ethiopian Development Research Institute
Sokoine University of Agriculture
Study Countries: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Tanzania
Funded by the UK Department of International Development, the Sustainable Agricultural Intensification Research and Learning in Africa (SAIRLA) project is a five-year programme (2015 to 2020) that seeks to generate new evidence and design tools to enable governments, investors and other key actors to deliver more effective policies and investments in sustainable agricultural intensification (SAI) that strengthen the capacity of poorer farmers’, especially women and youth, to access and benefit from SAI. SAIRLA has commissioned research and will facilitate multi-scale learning to understand different ways of achieving SAI and its developmental implications.