Livestock research for Africa’s food security and poverty reduction


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Presented by Jimmy Smith, Shirley Tarawali, Iain Wright, Suzanne Bertrand, Polly Ericksen, Delia Grace and Ethel Makila at a side event at the 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week, Accra, Ghana, 15-20 July 2013

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    1. 1. Livestock research for Africa’s food security and poverty reduction Jimmy Smith, Shirley Tarawali, Iain Wright, Suzanne Bertrand, Polly Ericksen, Delia Grace and Ethel Makila The 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week, Accra, Ghana, 15-20 July 2013
    2. 2. ILRI’s strategy Livestock research for food security and poverty reduction
    3. 3. Strategy in context • ILRI in the CGIAR • Livestock in Africa • Strategic issues • Elements of strategy • Topics for discussion
    4. 4. ILRI – a member of the CGIAR Consortium CGIAR consortium ILRI strategy Global livestock issues
    5. 5. Why bother with the livestock sector in Africa?
    6. 6. 3 out of 6 of the highest value African commodities are livestock Source: FAOSTAT, 2013
    7. 7. FAO, 2012 Annual % growth in consumption of livestock products between 1995 and 2005
    8. 8. Strategic issues Photo ILRI/Collins
    9. 9. Strategic issues Improve food security Deliver at scale Empower women Employ diverse approaches Address health and environmental problems Use new science Increase investments Develop capacity Ensure fit for purpose
    10. 10. Growth scenarios for livestock systems • ‘Strong growth’ – Where good market access and increasing productivity provide opportunities for continued smallholder participation. • ‘Fragile growth’ – Where remoteness, marginal land resources or agroclimatic vulnerability restrict intensification. • ‘High growth with externalities’ – Fast changing livestock systems potentially damaging the environment and human health • Different research and development challenges for poverty, food security, health and nutrition, environment
    11. 11. Mission (Purpose) WHY ILRI exists WHAT ILRI does HOW the strategy is operationalized Strategic objectives (informed by strategic issues – external and internal environment)) Critical success factors performance areas overlapping do NOT map to structure Key elements
    12. 12. Mission and vision ILRI envisions a world where all people have access to enough food and livelihood options to fulfill their potential. ILRI’s mission is to improve food and nutritional security and to reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock—ensuring better lives through livestock.
    13. 13. What’s new? • Long term strategy • Outcomes and impacts (accountable; attribution; alignment) • Diversity: trajectories; species; ILRI strengths; partners • Livestock ‘goods’ and ‘bads’ • Mainstreaming gender; human health • Clientele: Beyond livestock producers; partners; capacity development
    14. 14. ILRI acts in three (mutually reinforcing) areas • To prove that better use of livestock can make a big difference in enough people’s lives through improved practice. • To influence decision-makers so that they will increase investment in livestock systems. • To ensure there is sufficient capacity in developing countries and among investors to use increased investment effectively and efficiently.
    15. 15. Strategic objective 1 ILRI and its partners will develop, test, adapt and promote science-based practices that—being sustainable and scalable— achieve better lives through livestock.
    16. 16. Strategic objective 2 ILRI and its partners will provide compelling scientific evidence in ways that persuade decision- makers—from farms to boardrooms and parliaments— that smarter policies and bigger livestock investments can deliver significant socio-economic, health and environmental dividends to both poor nations and households.
    17. 17. Strategic objective 3 ILRI and its partners will work to increase capacity amongst ILRI’s key stakeholders and the institute itself so that they can make better use of livestock science and investments for better lives through livestock.
    18. 18. The critical success factors
    19. 19. • The biomass crisis in intensifying smallholder systems • Vulnerability and risk in drylands • Food safety and aflatoxins • Vaccine biosciences • Mobilizing biosciences for a food-secure Africa
    20. 20. The biomass crisis in intensifying smallholder systems
    21. 21. The biomass crisis in intensifying smallholder systems Why does it matter? • Increasing livestock populations are putting pressure on demand for feed and increasing the competition for biomass • Feed is at the interface of positive and negative effects of livestock • Supports intensification , income and employment • Major input cost – feed:product price ratio increasing • Biomass production is major user of natural resources (land, water) • Increased intensification increases feed efficiency and reduces GHG emissions, water use, biomass use
    22. 22. The biomass crisis in intensifying smallholder systems What are we doing about it? Supporting sustainable intensification to produce more product from less biomass. Using a value chain approach to: 1) make better use of existing feed resources, 2) produce more and better feeds; 3) encourage and facilitate feed trading, processing and small scale business enterprises around feed • Tools for assessing feed resources and for prioritizing feed interventions • Select, breed and disseminate improved food-feed crops and forages and identify new feed ingredients • Identify feed surplus: deficit areas, facilitate fodder markets and design context specific feed processing approaches • Consider environmental impacts, including competition for biomass (e.g. soil OM) in smallholder systems and GHG and water implications
    23. 23. The biomass crisis in intensifying smallholder systems What is the next frontier? • What will the trajectory of demand be in Africa and what are the implications for biomass use? • Transitions vs sustainability • Technical vs. institutional solutions e.g. • Cellulolytic biomass upgrading? • More efficient livestock value chains? • Questions for discussion • What are the options for sustainable intensification through livestock feeding? • How can we best deal with the competition for biomass between livestock feeding and soil fertility?
    24. 24. Vulnerability and risk in the drylands
    25. 25. Vulnerability and risk in drylands Why does it matter? • Lots of livestock produced in the drylands • E.g. 80% if red meat consumed in Kenya • Risk inherent to dryland livestock production and risks are increasing • Renewed commitment from governments and donors to build resilience • Complex systems require innovative solutions from research and development
    26. 26. Vulnerability and risk in drylands What are we doing about it? • Hosting a Technical Consortium to support investment plans for resilience • Active partner in the Drylands CRP • Piloting Index – Based Livestock Insurance • Northern Kenya, Ethiopia • Promoting equitable commercialization • Fostering better land management
    27. 27. Vulnerability and risk in drylands What is the next frontier? • How can commercial pastoral livestock production lead to growth in risk-prone drylands? • Is there a long term role for livestock insurance in pastoral production systems?
    28. 28. Food safety and aflatoxins
    29. 29. Food safety and aflatoxins Why does it matter? • FBD is the most common disease in the world • FBD is the most serious agriculture associated disease • FBD is not just about illness: also livestock sector, trade and environmental impacts
    30. 30. Food safety and aflatoxins What are we doing about it? • Targeting interventions to 9 high value, high nutrition, high risk livestock & fish chains • Working with crop-centers to strengthen public health aspects of aflatoxins
    31. 31. Food safety and aflatoxins The big questions? • How to assure food safety in informal markets where most of the poor buy & sell? • How to wed food safety and nutrition? • Do aflatoxins stunt children as well as killing and causing liver cancer?
    32. 32. Vaccine biosciences
    33. 33. ILRI will initially focus on five prioritized diseases  African swine fever (ASF) – swine African disease threatens the global $150 billion/year pig industry  Contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPP) – cattle Regional losses to CBPP amount to ~ $60 million/year  East Coast fever (ECF) – cattle Regional losses exceed $300 million/year; kills ~ 1million cattle/year  Peste de petits ruminants (PPR) – small ruminants Losses in Kenya alone amount to ~ $13 million/year  Rift Valley Fever (RVF) – small ruminants, cattle and human 2006/7 outbreak in Kenya cost ~ $30 million 309 human cases in Kenya, Somalia and Tanzania; 140 deaths Vaccines save livestock and contribute to food security and poverty alleviation Importance of animal health control in Africa
    34. 34. Vaccine Biosciences: new science platforms, new opportunities  Optimizing existing vaccines  Thermostabilization of attenuated viral vaccines  Establishing quality control and process improvement  Reverse vaccinology and immunology  Identification of vaccine antigens  Assessing protein and gene-based vaccine formulations   Pathogen & livestock genomics  Host and pathogen gene expression profiles  Pathogen population structure  Synthetic genomics  Manipulating bacterial genomes  Attenuating viruses by genome engineering ACTGGTACGTAGGGCATCGA TCGACATGATAGAGCATATA GCATGACGATGCGATCGACA GTCGACAGCTGACAGCTGAG GGTGACACCAGCTGCCAGCT GGACCACCATTAGGACAGAT GACCACACACAAATAGACGA TTAGGACCAGATGAGCCACA TTTTAGGAGGACACACACCA Bioinformatics tools Predict gene sequences and list candidate vaccine antigens Test experimental vaccine Clone genes of vaccine interest (100’s of genes) Filter genes via immunological assays Pathogen genome mining (1000’s of genes) Molecular immunology tools to assess immune responses in cattle (10’s genes)
    35. 35. Vaccinology capacity in Africa? Marke ng Market assessment Proof-of-principle laboratory/field Clinical development Manufacturing Product development partnershipsResearch partnerships Disease selec on Lead vaccine molecules Vaccine op miza on Scaled-up produc on Delivery NARS, Universi es, ARIs, Regional and sub-regional R&D organiza ons, PPP Target product profile Phase I, II, III trials Regulatory processes Con nued monitoring PPP, Private sector, Regional networks, FAO, OIE, PANVAC, AU-IBAR, NARs, NGOs  How do we stimulate and sustain an African vaccine R & D pathway to achieve impact?  How can we grow a biotech and vaccine manufacturing sector in Africa?
    36. 36. Mobilizing biosciences for a food-secure Africa
    37. 37. Building biosciences capacity in Africa Why? • Small holder agriculture is crucial for Africa • For the last 25 years the productivity of small farmers has declined • Availability and widespread use of quality farm inputs & technologies developed through biotechnology can improve productivity
    38. 38. Building biosciences capacity in Africa What? Capacity buildingCollaborative research Food safety & security Income generation Increased trade Climate change Environmental sustainability Technologies and services
    39. 39. Building biosciences capacity in Africa • How can we build bio-sciences capacity in Africa to move from research results to development impacts? • How can we keep the BecA-ILRI Hub relevant to the research needs and context of African scientists?
    40. 40. The presentation has a Creative Commons licence. You are free to re-use or distribute this work, provided credit is given to ILRI. better lives through livestock