ILRI research is guided by the organization's current mission and strategy.

ILRI carries out its research in East, Southern, and West Africa, in South and Southeast Asia, and in China (see what we do by country).

ILRI's research is directed to improving food and nutrition security through increased production and access to animal-source foods; stimulating economic development and poverty reduction through enhanced livestock value chains and increased productivity; improving human health through improved access to animal-source foods and a reduction in the burden of zoonotic and food-borne diseases; and managing the adaptation of livestock systems to climate change and mitigating the impact of livestock on the environment (see the different issues we work on).

From January 2012, our research is increasingly delivered through multi-center CGIAR Research Programs.

In January 2017, ILRI's research programs were re-organized, as set out below. Some of the programs continue the previous structure, some are new, and some result from mergers of previous programs. The new program pages are gradually being updated but are currently sparse.

These programs interface with the CGIAR research programs that ILRI is involved in. They draw on support in areas like capacity development, intellectual property, communication and knowledge management.

The 2017 programs are:

The pages of the earlier program pages, see below, are still live:

Animal bioscience
Animal science for sustainable productivity
BecA-ILRI Hub 
Feed and forages bioscience
Food safety and zoonoses
Livelihoods, gender and impact
Livestock systems and environment
Policy, trade, value chains
Vaccine biosciences

Our research is supported by several specialized unit and instruments:

Our research publications and outputs can be found in our institutional repository -  you can also subscribe to email alerts and RSS feeds on different topics.

See research activities: