ILRI 1995
Building a Global Research Institute



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International Livestock Research Institute
P.O. Box 30709, Nairobi, Kenya
P.O. Box 5689, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Cover photograph: Cattle are so important to their owners in many parts of the developing world that the owners decorate their animals' hides with geometric patterns, as some also decorate their own bodies with scarification designs. The marks on this anima's hide were made by burning the hair and superficial skin with hot metal. This animal, from the Mursi 'breed', was photographed in Mursi District, in the South Omo area of Ethiopia, by Essubalew Abate.


The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), founded in 1994, incorporates the resources of the former International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases (ILRAD, Kenya) and the International Livestock Centre for Africa (ILCA, Ethiopia). ILRI is sponsored by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and has a global mandate to undertake research to enhance the role of livestock in sustainable agricultural production systems. During 1995, six research programmes addressed the areas of Conservation of Biodiversity, Production Systems, Utilisation of Tropical Feed Resources, Animal Health Improvement, Livestock Policy Analysis and Strengthening Collaboration with National Agricultural Research Systems. At the end of 1995, ILRI employed 105 internationally recruited staff based at the institute's campuses in Nairobi, Kenya, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and at field sites in Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria and Zimbabwe, and 719 support staff recruited from Ethiopia and Kenya in about equal numbers. The Institute's headquarters are in Nairobi.

These highlights of ILRI's work in 1995 are based on longer articles published in ILRI 1995: Building a Global Research Institute (ISBN 9291460095), the institute's annual report. For a copy of the full report, write to: Information Services (Distribution), ILRI-Ethiopia, P.O. Box 5689, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (fax: 2511 611892; e-mail:

For further information on ILRI and ILRI programmes, please contact:

Hank Fitzhugh, Director General*
Akke van der Zijpp, Deputy Director General*
Hugh Murphy, Director of Administration*
Ralph von Kaufmann, Director for External Relations
Gerard O'Donoghue, Chief Financial Officer*
Tony Irvin, Programme Leader, Animal Health Improvement (as of October 1996)*
Simeon Ehui, Programme Leader, Livestock Policy Analysis
Hugo Li Pun, Programme Leader, Production Systems (as of January 1997)
Jean Hanson, Programme Leader, Biodiversity
Paschal Osuji, Acting Programme Leader, Utilisation of Tropical Feed Resources
Michael Smalley, Programme Leader, Strengthening Collaboration with National Agricultural Research Systems
Susan MacMillan, Public Awareness*
Paul Neate, Head, Publications
Pramod Sinha, Head, Information Services


* based at ILRI-Kenya. 

based at ILRI-Ethiopia. 
ILRI addresses can be found at the end of this document. 

This report was written, edited, designed and produced at ILRI 


ISBN 9291460109


Correct citation: ILRI (International Livestock Research Institute). 1996. ILRI 1995: Building a Global Research Institute Highlights. ILRI, Nairobi, Kenya.

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