James HawkinsPhD student
My research focusses on reducing the impact of dairy production on climate change. Presently, I work on smallholder dairy systems in East Africa, in particular Tanzania and Kenya. Dairy production systems emit multiple greenhouse gas emissions from multiple sources, and therefore to effectively reduce emissions from milk production requries taking a systems modelling approach. In countries in East Africa such as Tanzania and Kenya, deforestation and forest degradation have historically been the major contributors to these countries' greenhouse gas emissions, and this is in large part driven by subsistence agriculture. Therefore a significant component of my research is aimed at assessing how improved productivity in the dairy sector can reduce the amount of forest related emissions attributable to the dairy sector.