Knowledge to Action: ILRI’s Role in a Changing World

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Presentation during the visit by CGIAR Consortium Board on their 1st meeting held in Nairobi Kenya on 3 March 2010

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Knowledge to Action: ILRI’s Role in a Changing World

  1. 1. Knowledge to Action ILRI’s Role in a Changing World Visit of CGIAR Consortium Board Nairobi, 3 March 2010
  2. 2. Dynamic livestock sector <ul><li>Livestock fastest growing part of the agricultural sector, largely driven by the L ivestock Revolution in emerging economies. </li></ul><ul><li>Doubling livestock production puts pressure on natural resources: water, land, biodiversity. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Livestock sector trends <ul><li>A ‘supermarket revolution’ is setting higher standards for food quality and safety. </li></ul><ul><li>Market chains are lengthening, making it more difficult for small-scale producers to participate in markets. </li></ul>
  4. 4. ILRI’s niche in pro poor livestock research
  5. 5. Livestock research enables 3 pathways out of poverty <ul><li>Securing assets of the poor to reduce vulnerability </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing productivity to improve livelihoods </li></ul><ul><li>Expanding markets to increase incomes </li></ul>
  6. 6. Why livestock in a CGIAR agenda <ul><li>Potential to address poverty </li></ul><ul><li>Threat of global bads (methane, emerging diseases, resource degradation) </li></ul><ul><li>Need to understand the poor and their livestock livelihoods to tackle global bads </li></ul>
  7. 7. ILRI Spearheading a New Way Forward <ul><li>ILRI’s value proposition </li></ul><ul><li>“ ILRI is creating and integrating knowledge to enable diverse partners to find innovative solutions to make livestock a sustainable pathway out of poverty” </li></ul>
  8. 8. Science base <ul><li>Core competencies </li></ul><ul><li>Livestock genetics, health and nutrition </li></ul><ul><li>Biosciences, molecular biology and immunology </li></ul><ul><li>Food safety, epidemiology and systems analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Natural resources management </li></ul><ul><li>Livestock economics and social sciences </li></ul>
  9. 9. Research for development paradigm: knowledge to action strong systems basis biotechnology and ICTs as key levers increasing involvement with private sector innovation systems mindset knowledge management and strategic communications embedding research in development interventions
  10. 10. Performance indicators – ILRI publications 2006-2009 ** Not audited Indicator 2006 2007 2008 2009** Pubs/ scientist in Thomson’s list of journals 0.91 0.93 0.99 1.63 Pubs/ scientist in peer reviewed journals (excludes Thomson’s list of journals 1.47 1.15 0.91 1.32 % of publications done with developing country partners 51.8% 38.66% 58.71% 47.16%
  11. 11. 4. Future directions and challenges
  12. 12. Sustainable intensification <ul><li>Sustainable intensification in smallholder crop/livestock systems; improving system efficiency through better feed quality, health and animal performance, in context of increasing competition for land and other resources (eg biofuels) </li></ul><ul><li>Hub concept </li></ul>
  13. 13. Vulnerability <ul><li>Vulnerability – Identifying livestock interventions to reduce the vulnerability of livestock dependent households; understanding relations between livestock systems and other ecosystem services. </li></ul><ul><li>Vaccines, index based insurance, ecosystem services </li></ul>
  14. 14. Climate change <ul><li>Climate change – livestock based adaptation to impacts of climate change; growing trade offs between livestock production and other ecosystem services; managing livestock negative impacts on climate change. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Targeting of interventions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Intensification of ruminant systems </li></ul><ul><li>Carbon sequestration in rangelands </li></ul>
  15. 15. Food safety and market access <ul><li>SPS and markets – Sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) issues, growing market requirements for food safety and quality constraining market access by smallholders </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate development of smallholder dairy markets </li></ul>
  16. 16. Emerging zoonotic diseases <ul><li>Emerging diseases – combating bird flu and other emerging diseases in developing countries; </li></ul><ul><li>understanding and mapping risks </li></ul><ul><li>AVID project </li></ul>
  17. 17. Vaccines <ul><li>Vaccine development for livestock diseases; new focus on addressing common problem of improving the immune response to protozoa parasites </li></ul><ul><li>Improving existing vaccines (ECF, CBPP) </li></ul><ul><li>Developing molecular approaches approaches to problems (eg transgenic tryps resistant cow) </li></ul>
  18. 18. Conservation and Sustainable Use of Animal Genetic Resources <ul><li>Priority setting for conservation </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate methodologies of conservation </li></ul><ul><li>Reproductive technologies for fast deployment of improved genotypes </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate breeding approaches for smallholder systems </li></ul>
  19. 19. Partnerships and research platforms <ul><li>ILRI develops and shares knowledge and technology platforms with national and international partners. </li></ul><ul><li>Platform examples – Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA) platform; JLLRGR Joint Laboratory for Livestock and Forage Genetic Resources, CAAS, Beijing </li></ul>
  20. 20. ILRI Spearheading a New Way Forward <ul><li>ILRI’s value proposition </li></ul><ul><li>“ ILRI is creating and integrating knowledge to enable diverse partners to find innovative solutions to make livestock a sustainable pathway out of poverty” </li></ul>
  21. 21. www.ilri.org

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