The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is one of 15 CGIAR research centres and is the only centre dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. ILRI is co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, and also has regional or country offices in 14 other locations in Africa, South and South-East Asia.
ILRI’s research for development agenda covers a range of areas from laboratory based biosciences to field based research. Topics include animal productivity, food safety and zoonoses, livestock and the environment and policies, institutions and livelihoods. Capacity development is an important part of the institute’s mandate and cuts across all its research and development areas
A meeting of ILRI researchers with FBN scientists in Nairobi and Addis Ababa in May 2018 identified a number of common research interests such as greenhouse gas emissions, animal genetics and breeding, animal welfare monitoring or disease resistance and resilience in farm animals. In November, a delegation from the ILRI will make a return visit to Dummerstorf. Until then, the thematic areas of common interest should be underpinned by concrete research projects.
Photo (FBN/Bellmann): ILRI Director General Dr. Jimmy Smith (right) and FBN Director Prof. Klaus Wimmers sign a "Memorandum of Understanding" on future research cooperation.