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Joint International Grassland & International Rangeland Virtual Congress - Kenya


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Approximately every four years, the International Grassland Congress and the International Rangeland Congress assemble with individuals from over 80 countries to share ideas and the latest research that aims to influence future management and policies.

From topics like Livestock Production Systems to Pastoralism, Social, Gender and Policy Issues, the congress covers all aspects of grassland and rangeland to promote better practices.


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Forage Production and Utilization

Drought Management ... and other themes

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Registration extended to 22nd October*

JOHN CARADUS

Grasslanz Technology Ltd

International Union for Conservation of Nature

DR. JONATHAN DAVIES

DR. BRANDON BESTELMEYER

USDA Agricultural Research Service

NAHID NAGHIZADEH

Centre for Sustainable Development and Environment (Cenesta)

DR. JOHN WAITHAKA

Regional Chair of the IUCN-World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) for East and Southern Africa

DR. KATHRINE I. JOHNSEN

Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)

DR. MARK HOWDEN

The Australian National University

DR. JIMMY SMITH

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

LIANA JANK

Embrapa Beef Cattle

This international congress brings together world renowned scientists, technology experts and passionate people who have devoted their time to understanding how to develop ways for grasslands and rangelands to be more sustainable so that the livelihood of the peoples who live there, are improved.

About the Event

Welcome to the Joint International Grassland and Rangeland 2021 Congress.

The theme of the Congress is "Sustainable Use of Grassland and Rangeland Resources for Improved Livelihoods'.  This joint Grassland and Rangeland Congress is hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation, Kenya and the Kenyan Agriculture and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO), in conjunction with the Animal Production Society of Kenya. The congress will showcase innovative research and technologies developed in Kenya and Africa, as well as cutting edge research from around the world. The Kenyan Government places great importance on improving agriculture and livestock production as a means of raising rural household incomes. The congress will examine possible integrated solutions to foster equitable development and resilience, while mitigating the risks of climate change and natural disasters.

Join us at the virtual congress as we explore and discuss the research and development to achieve a balance between production, biodiversity and people. We can’t wait to see you there!

25 - 29 Oct 2021

The theme of Sustainable Use of Grassland and Rangeland Resources for Improved Livelihoods encompasses many facets. The Congress is organised under seven themes of grassland and rangeland management and research. Several concurrent sessions will deal with each different theme, as listed below.

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1) RANGELAND/GRASSLAND ECOLOGY

  • Global processes of woody encroachment in rangelands: status, drivers, and impacts.
  • Commons: old, current and future challenges for rangeland what innovations in collective issues to face these challenges.
  • Savanna use and dynamics.
  • Biodiversity, Ecosystem services.
  • Rangeland degradation and Restoration.
  • Rangeland monitoring and support systems.
  • Community composition and ecological drivers.
  • Ecohydrology and plant responses.
  • Grazing, soil nutrient and properties.
  • Grazers -plant communities interactions.
  • Sustainable Land Use.
  • Fire ecology, plant responses and management.
  • Soil amendments and ecosystem productivity.
  • Plant germplasm, recovery and biosecurity.
  • Ecological trade-offs.
  • Modeling and management of ecological systems.
  • Participatory management, rangeland health.
  • Remote sensing, risk analysis and land management.
  • Participatory management, rangeland health
  • Ecological relationships

2) FORAGE PRODUCTION AND UTILIZATION

  • Tropical Forages Genetic Resources.
  • Temperate/Tropical Transition Climate Zones: Locations for Breeding 
  • Forages with Climate Resiliency.
  • Recent advances in Urochloa grass research in Kenya.
  • Forage Genetics & Improvement.
  • Forage Traits for Breeding.
  • Forage Evaluation & Agronomy.
  • Forage Seeds Systems Genetic Resources.
  • Ruminant & Forages -Responses.
  • Forages and Nitrogen Use.
  • Evaluation of Dual Purpose Crops.
  • Forage & Fodder Yields and Conservation.
  • Forage and Animal Nutrition.
  • Forage Stress and Treatments for Improvement.
  • Forage Modeling and Meta- analysis.
  • Forage Exploration and Value chain.
  • Forages and Environment Improvement.
  • Forage Planning and Management.
  • Forage Management for Productivity and Nutrition.
  • Forage Quality and Antinutritonal Factors.

3) LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION SYSTEMS

  • Challenges on livestock production and rangelands/grasslands 
  • utilization in southern South America.
  • Utilization of Grasslands/Rangelands.
  • Sustainable Management of grasslands/Rangelands Ecosystems.
  • Beef Production Systems.
  • Integrated Crop and Pasture based Livestock Production Systems.
  • Climate change; adaptations and resilience of Livestock systems
  • Dairy Production Systems.
  • Small Ruminants Production Systems.
  • Social-Economics of Livestock Prodution Systems.

4) WILDLIFE, TOURISM AND MULTI-FACETS OF RANGELANDS/GRASSLANDS

  • Forage legume ecosystem services in sustainable livestock systems.
  • A Revolution in Conservation Innovation By and With Pastoralists: Examples from Kenya, Africa and the globe.
  • Wildlife, Agriculture and Protected Areas.
  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.
  • Ecosystem services and Ranching.

5) DROUGHT MANAGEMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE IN RANGELANDS/GRASSLANDS

  • Early warning, monitoring and management of drought – a global perspective.
  • Droughts and degradation – social ecological perspectives on tipping points in dryland rangelands.
  • Land use, Carbon Sequestration and GHG fluxes 1.
  • Remote Sensing Applications for rangeland management.
  • Climate Change Impacts.
  • Mitigation, Adaptation & Resilience 1.
  • Mitigation, Adaptation & Resilience 2.
  • Land use, Carbon Sequestration and GHG fluxes 2.
  • Water Stress & Water Use Efficiency

6) PASTORALISM, SOCIAL, GENDER AND POLICY ISSUES

  • Securing land tenure for pastoralists as an incentive for engaging actively in the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
  • Gender and Indigenous Perspectives for Sustainable Rangelands: 
  • Gendering and Decolonizing Pastoralist Studies and Rangeland Conservation Part 1.
  • Gender and Indigenous Perspectives for Sustainable Rangelands: Gendering and Decolonizing Pastoralist Studies and Rangeland Conservation Part 2.
  • Developing environmental services payments schemes for grasslands in China and Mongolia.
  • Changes in rangeland property rights and land use in Central Asia and western China.
  • Action Plan for the International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists.
  • Local knowledge, local and global action.
  • Dynamic change and evolving pastoralism.
  • Territory and Policy and Governance Reform.
  • Investment, Infrastructure and Markets.

7) CAPACITY, INSTITUTIONS AND INNOVATIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN RANGELANDS/GRASSLANDS

  • Accelerating the Use of Participatory Action Research for 
  • Development in Pastoral Lands: Challenges and Opportunities.
  • Re-envisioning Rangelands in the 21st Century: Overcoming the 
  • Marginalization Narrative and Social-Ecological Mismatches.
  • Participatory Socio-Ecological Observatories for Sustainable 
  • Rangeland Development.
  • Communal and Collaborative Governance.
  • Management, Land Use Planning & Ecosystem Services.
  • Participatory Monitoring and Sylvopastoral Systems.
  • Technological & Big Data Approaches to Decision-Support for 
  • Rangeland Management.

Livestock Production Systems

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Grasslands and rangelands are vitally important to many countries around the world, as these regions cover approximately half the land surface. The primary focus of the Congress is to examine how science and technology can increase the productivity of these lands and support more sustainable management.  Strategies to maintain the integrity of these landscapes, overcome land degradation, enhance forage production, restore ecosystems and protect biodiversity will be discussed. Government policy makers, world-renowned scientists and the land managers and pastoralists will share their perspectives.  Lively debates will occur in the panel sessions about scientific presentations, posters and at video showings.

Over 500 million people live in grasslands and rangelands and contribute to the world’s culture, economy, environment. The congress will explore solutions to the environmental, socio-economic and political threats facing these people.  The congress will highlight how these people care for the land, the role of traditional governance arrangements and Indigenous Knowledge.

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Delegate Support is available for many people, especially presenters. You do NOT need to fill out the Registration Form, as you will be automatically registered when/if support is approved. Please fill out this form as soon as possible.

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Delegate Support is available for many people, especially presenters. You do NOT need to fill out the Registration Form, as you will be automatically registered when/if support is approved. Please fill out this form as soon as possible