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Use the table below to navigate the list of current and active GL-CRSP projects.

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3G : Compilation of research that quantifies and documents the role of rangelands on greenhouse gas emissions and sequestration
PI: Dr. Emilio Laca, University of California, Davis

Resulting from research conducted by the completed GL-CRSP Projects LDRCT and Co-Benefits of Grassland Regeneration of Abandoned Wheat Areas for Carbon Sequestration, the 3G project will produce a scientific volume the helps managers and development agents to incorporate rangeland and pasture conservation and management projects as candidates for generation of credits.

Read the 3G 2007 Annual Report

AFS : Avian Flu School Assessment
PI: Carol Cardona, DMV PhD, University of California, Davis

Response to the current highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) global animal health emergency requires the training of veterinarians, public health workers, laboratory scientists, livestock producers, wildlife and zoo managers, and government officials in emergency management, virus surveillance, sample collection and reporting, biosecurity, and disease containment. Currently, the numbers of trained responders is grossly inadequate to respond effectively to HPAI outbreaks in most parts of the world, particularly in developing countries.

The Avian Flu School (AFS) is a multi-tiered, train-the-trainer program designed to educate animal health, public health, and agricultural extension workers about H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), enabling them to deliver this information at the community level in developing countries.

Based on the work of the initial AFS Assessment Team, an international Avian Flu School curriculum is now ready for use in different countries and environments.

Click here for course materials and guidance documents for the Avian Flu School

GL-CRSP Podcast Vol. 1: Interview with AFS Project Manager David Bunn

Presentation: A Socioeconomic Impact Assessment of a Chicken Vaccination Project on Households in Rural Iringa, Tanzania by Danielle Knueppel, M.Sc., International Agricultural Development, UC Davis

Read the AFS 2007 Annual Report

ENAM : Enhancing Child Nutrition through Animal Source Food Management
PI: Grace S. Marquis, PhD, Iowa State University

In response to the primary constraints to the quality of young children’s diets, the ENAM project is implementing micro-credit programs and entrepreneurial and nutrition education interventions in three regions of Ghana and is assessing their effect on income, Animal Source Food (ASF) expenditures, and children’s ASF intakes and nutritional status.

Poster: Animal source food intake is higher in child-level food secure households

Poster: A comparison of child nutritional status in two agro-ecological zones of Ghana:
Is location an important determinant?

Read the ENAM 2007 Annual Report

GOBI : Forage Monitoring Technology to Improve Risk Management by Herders in the Gobi Region of Mongolia
PI: Richard Conner, Texas A&M University

The GOBI FORAGE project was initiated in 2004 to adapt Livestock Early Warning System (LEWS) technologies developed by the GL-CRSP in east Africa for Mongolia to improve risk management by herders and other stakeholders in the Gobi Region of Mongolia.

Click here to watch a video series produced by the GOBI Forage Project

GOBI Forage

Read the GOBI 2007 Annual Report

HALI : Health for Animals and Livelihood Improvement in the Rungwa-Ruaha Ecosystem, Tanzania
PI: Jonna Mazet, University of California, Davis

The HALI project was established in 2006 and is a stakeholder-driven research and capacity-building program to assess the effects of zoonotic disease and water management on animal health, biodiversity, and livelihoods in the Ruaha ecosystem, Tanzania.

HALI Project Website

HALI Wildlife Health Center Website

Read the HALI 2007 Annual Report

HNP : Increasing Animal Source Foods in the Diets of HIV-infected Kenyan Women and Their Children
PI: Judith A. Ernst, DMSc, RD, Indiana University

The HIV Nutrition Project is researching the use of food as means of enhancing and preserving the immune status, lean body mass and quality of daily living of drug naive HIV-infected women, and to support the growth, health and cognitive development of their vulnerable children in the Turbo Division of Uasin Gishu District in Kenya.

Read the HNP 2007 Annual Report

LINKS : Livestock Information Network & Knowledge System for Enhanced Pastoral Livelihoods in East Africa
PI: Paul Dyke, Texas A&M University

The LINKS project developed from the GL-CRSP Livestock Early Warning System (LEWS) project, which was established in 1997. The LEWS project developed and applied a suite of technologies to provide a regional decision-support framework for livestock early warning. The LINKS project is placing LEWS technology inside a broader livestock information and analysis system that is designed to improve livestock markets and trade, thereby enhancing the well-being of pastoralists in eastern Africa.

Livestock Information Network & Knowledge System

Read the LINKS 2007 Annual Report

LITEK : Livestock Trade in Ethiopia and Kenya
PI: John McPeak, Syracuse University

The LITEK project was developed to synthesize results of recent research about livestock marketing in eastern Africa. The project produced the book, “Pastoral Livestock Marketing in Eastern Africa: Research and Policy Challenges.” It is currently documenting results of the PARIMA project’s research.

GL-CRSP Featured Publication: Livestock Marketing in Eastern Africa: Research and Policy Challenges

Read the LITEK 2007 Annual Report

MALI : Mali Livestock Early Warning and Information Network and Knowledge System for Enhanced Pastoral Livelihoods
PI: Jay Angerer, Texas A&M University and Syracuse University

Building on the successes of the GL-CRSP LEWS/LINKS, PARIMA, and GOBI Forage Projects, the MALI Project will develop a livestock market information system, and an examination of strategies for reducing risk and improving livestock marketing options for the enhancement of pastoral livelihoods in Mali.

NJORO-WATER : Water and Sanitation-Related Conditions and Disease Burdens in the River Njoro
PI: Marion Jenkins, University of California, Davis

Water and sanitation-related diseases in the River Njoro watershed, particularly diarrhea, pose a development burden on poor rural agricultural households with implications for water supply planning, environmental management, and development policy. Yet little is known quantitatively regarding interactions among water supply availability, watershed and resource management practices, and household behaviors in contributing to disease burdens in order to develop effective policies and interventions for improved water supply conditions and public health at the watershed scale. The SUMAWA project has collected data on biophysical conditions, water pollution and water quality, environmental human health, socio economics, and household water supply and sanitation-related access and practices in the River Njoro watershed. This research will develop an integrated data set to characterize temporal and spatial variations in domestic water supply, sanitation and water consumption patterns across the watershed, and analyze relationships with patterns of water and sanitation-related diseases in the Njoro Watershed. Implications of interactions between water supply development and access, water pollution conditions and sources, and household water use behavior for reducing water and sanitation-related disease burdens in the Njoro watershed will be explored in the context of sustainable and integrated water resources management, to identify alternative water supply development and management strategies at multiple scales.

PARIMA : Improving Pastoral Risk Management on East African Rangelands
PI: Layne Coppock, Utah State University

The PARIMA project was established in 1997 and conducts research, training, and outreach in an effort to improve welfare of pastoral and agro-pastoral peoples with a focus on northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia. Foundation concepts include the exploration of opportunities to better diversify incomes and assets and how to improve access to natural resources, information, and various public services.

Read the PARIMA 2007 Annual Report

PEACE : Pastoral Engagement, Adaptation, and Capacity Enhancement
PI: Bruce Grogan, University of California, Davis

The PEACE project is focused on the development of the extensive livestock sector by supporting policy planning, pastoral land tenure conflict resolution, and introduction of GL-CRSP LEWS and LINKS technologies to improve rangeland management and livestock production and marketing. The project will also help build capacity of the Afghan government personnel responsible for planning and implementing livestock development and rangeland resource management.

Afghan PEACE Project

SUMAWA : Multidisciplinary Research for Sustainable Management of Rural Watersheds: the River Njoro, Kenya
PI: Scott N. Miller, University of Wyoming

The SUMAWA project is a multidisciplinary research effort focusing on biophysical, livestock and human-related factors governing watershed processes for the purpose of improving long-term sustainability of rural watersheds in Kenya and east Africa. Recent project activity has focused on assembling representative conceptual and mathematical models of the biophysical and human dimensions of the watershed as they relate to watershed and human health and sustainability.

Sustainable Management of Rural Watersheds (SUMAWA) Website

BioSand Filters for Household Use in Developing Countries Poster and BioSand Filter Health Impacts Powerpoint Presentation presented at the World Health Organization International Symposium on Household Water Treatment, June 2-5, 2008, Accra, Ghana.

Poster: Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus defassa) As An Ecosystem Health Indicator in Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Poster: Development of a Participatory Spatial Decision Support System for Rural Planning in East Africa

Read the SUMAWA 2007 Annual Report

BEEF : Beef as a Source of Vitamin B-12, Iron and Zinc to Improve Development of Infants Fed Low Amounts of Animal Products
PI: Lindsay H. Allen, University of California, Davis

The BEEF Project was developed to address identified vitamim B-12 deficiencies in infants aged 7 to 12 months in a low-income area of Guatamala City. Conclusions of the BEEF project indicated that food-based interventions to improve maternal and infant B-12 supplementation must be done during pregnancy and/or lactation to prevent adverse effects of deficiency in infants.

Read the BEEF 2006 Annual Report

CNP : Role of Animal Source Foods to Improve Diet Quality and Growth and Cognitive Development in East African Children
PI: Charlotte Neumann, University of California, Los Angeles

The overall goal of the controlled child feeding intervention study was to improve the health, growth, and cognitive function of children through improving diet quality through the addition of animal source foods. The main research objective was to complete a controlled feeding intervention study of primary school children to determine if consumption of animal source foods (milk or meat) resulted in improved health, growth, and cognitive function compared to those children on the usual maize and bean-based diet. Results from the CNP project inspired the conference on June 24-26 in Washington DC, the proceedings of which appeared as a supplement to the Journal of Nutrition, Volume 133 No. 11S-II “Animal Source Foods to Improve Micronutrient Nutrition and Human Function in Developing Countries” in 2003.

Read the CNP 2001 Annual Report

IMAS : Integrated Modeling and Assessment for Balancing Food Security, Conservation, and Ecosystem Integrity in East Africa
PI: M.B. Coughenour, Colorado State University

The IMAS Project, evolving later into the GL-CRSP POLECY Project, developed an integrated modeling and assessment system integrating computer-modeling geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, and field studies to provide information and understanding necessary to conserve biodiversity, wildlife, and ecosystem integrity, while increasing pastoral food security. The system was applied to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania and Greater Amboseli Ecosystem in the Kajiado District in Kenya, and transmitted to use by policy makers throughout a number of NGOs and GOs in both countries, including Kenya Wildlife Service, the Tanzania National Parks, Tanzania Ministry of Agriculture, World Bank, and the African Wildlife Foundation.

Read the IMAS 2003 Annual Report

LDRCT : Livestock Development and Rangeland Conservation Tools for Central Asia
PI: Emilio Laca, University of California, Davis

Research from LDRCT focused on: continuous collection and analyses of CO2 flux data from Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan; determination of the effects of land use on carbon flux in northern Kazakhstan; continuation of intensive monitoring and modeling of agricultural enterprises; establishment of a forage laboratory in Samarkand and study of rangeland forages and livestock diets; and completion of bio-economic simulation model of range-based sheep producers for Kazakhstan. Project results and conclusions will be published in book form through the GL-CRSP 3G Project in Summer 2008.

Read the LDRCT 2003 Annual Report

LEWS : Early Warning System for Monitoring Nutrition and Livestock Health for Food Security of Humans in East Africa
PI: Jerry Stuth, Texas A&M University

The LEWS Project developed a functioning livestock early warning system delivered information/analysis delivered to key regional, national and local institutions/stakeholders, providing the basis for the current GL-CRSP LINKS and GOBI Projects. The system has been integrated into the National Livestock Marketing and Information System in Kenya.

Read the LEWS 2003 Annual Report

LSER : Impacts of Economic Reform on the Livestock Sector in Central Asia
PI: Kenneth Shapiro, University of Wisconsin, Madison

The LSER project focused on the privatization of agriculture in Central Asia and the indentification of key factors in marketing channels from the farmgate to the consumer. The project provided the foundation for the GL-CRSP WOOL Project.

Read the LSER 2000 Annual Report

PLAN : Community Planning for Sustainable Livestock-based Forested Ecosystems in Latin America
PI: Timothy Moermond, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Project PLAN worked with communities in forested mountainous areas of Latin America to improve the quality of life for small land-holders through land use and livestock management that is sustainable at the family and community level and sustainable for the environment at the level of the watershed.

Read the PLAN 2003 Annual Report

POLEYC : Integrated Assessment of Pastoral-Wildlife Interactions in East Africa: Implications for People, Policy, Conservation and Development in East Africa
PI: David Swift, Colorado State University

Evolving out of the IMAS Project, the GL-CRSP POLEYC Project focused on the development of Integrated Assessments of pastoral-wildlife interactions in East Africa and the corresponding implications for people, policy, conservation and development.

Read the POLEYC 2003 Annual Report

WOOL : Developing Institutions and Capacity for Sheep and Fiber Marketing in Central Asia
PI: Robert Stobart, University of Wyoming

The culmination of three small grants developed by the GL-CRSP Management Entity, the WOOL Project brought a diverse array of talented scientists from the U.K. and the U.S. to conduct research on market behavior and to build the capacity of smallholders to address the problems limiting their market participation. The WOOL project focused on building the capacity of institutions to evaluate product quality and facilitate transactions between producers and national and international buyers, based on quality standards and measurements.

Read the WOOL 2006 Annual Report

YESEMA : Managing National Parks in the Context of Changing Human Populations and Economics: Strengthening Collaboration between Researchers and Managers Working in and around Serengeti and Yellowstone Parks
PI: Lisa J. Graumlich, Big Sky Institute, Montana State University

The YESEMA project focused on national park management within the context of changing human populations and economics, as well as strengthening collaboration between researchers and managers working in and around Senegeti and Yellowstone National Parks.

Read the YESEMA 2005 Annual Report

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