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Two books launched at ICRAF Science Week 2016

Two books — one on traditional plant-based medicine for livestock, and another on greenhouse gas measurements— were officially launched at ICRAF Science Week 2016, 5–9 September.

Dr Kimutai Maritim (Centre) launches manual, with (L-R) book Editor Ian Dawson, authors Beatrice Tuei, Ramni Jamnadass and Ermias Aynekulu

Dr Kimutai Maritim (Centre) launches manual with (L-R) editor Ian Dawson, and authors Beatrice Tuei, Ramni Jamnadass and Ermias Aynekulu

Kimutai Maritim, the Assistant Director of Veterinary Services in Kenya, was the chief guest at the launch of Traditional ethnoveterinary medicine in East Africa: a manual on the use of medicinal plants.

A veterinary epidemiologist with long experience in the Kenya livestock sector, Maritim congratulated the authors on the publication. He said the book was timely and important, and it described important plant species, some of which may be facing local extinction in Kenya.

“Medicinal plants might offer a remedy to the global problem of antimicrobial resistance. Even as we launch this book, there is a group in Nakuru (an area in Kenya’s Rift Valley district) that is struggling with this very issue.”

“People in the Far East have exploited medicinal plants for a long time, but in Africa we have mostly forgotten our traditional medicines. But the new Kenya’s Health Bill, 2015 has a section on Traditional and Alternative Medicine. So we are bound to see a lot of new research on alternatives to Western medicines for animal diseases.”

“We need to continue to work together to give livestock farmers and pastoralists alternatives,” said Maritim, before cutting the ribbon to mark the manual’s official launch.

The second book launched was ‘Methods for Measuring Greenhouse Gas Balances and Evaluating Mitigation Options in Smallholder Agriculture’.

ICRAF scientist Todd Rosenstock, lead editor and author of several of its 10 chapters, said the book describes concepts and methods for measurement of greenhouse gas emissions and assessment of mitigation options (including carbon sequestration) in smallholder agricultural systems. These methods were developed as part of the SAMPLES project of the CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), he said.

“The way you measure GHG emissions has huge impacts on the results you get. Yet there is increasing interest in GHG emissions for decision making, including to support political discussions.”

The book was published Open Access by Springer, and has 35 authors from more than 20 different institutions, including ICRAF. Since it was soft-launched 9 months ago, it has had over 90,000 views and been downloaded 7,000 times, testament to the importance of GHG measurements in the effort to combat the associated threats of global warming.

Download: Traditional ethnoveterinary medicine in East Africa: a manual on the use of medicinal plants. By Najma Dharani (ICRAF), Abiy Yenesew (Univ. of Nairobi), Ermias Aynekulu (ICRAF), Beatrice Tuei (Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries)  and Ramni Jamnadass (ICRAF). Edited by Ian Dawson

Download ‘Methods for Measuring Greenhouse Gas Balances and Evaluating Mitigation Options in Smallholder Agriculture’ at: bit.ly/2cswAtf

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Daisy Ouya

Daisy Ouya

Daisy Ouya is a science writer and communications specialist with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). Over the past 15 years she has been packaging and disseminating scientific knowledge in the fields of entomology, agriculture, health, HIV/AIDS research, and marine science. Daisy is a Board-certified Editor in the Life Sciences (bels.org) and has a Masters’ degree in chemistry from the University of Connecticut, USA. Her BSc is from the University of Nairobi in her native Kenya. She has worked as a journal editor, science writer, publisher, and communications strategist with various organizations. She joined ICRAF in July 2012. Twitter: @daisyouya

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