Capacity development

Capacity development at ILRI

Capacity development at ILRI involves the development of attitudes, skills, institutional set ups as well as knowledge in agricultural research and development. ILRI works with individuals, organizations and institutions engaged in research and development as well as those making agricultural investment decisions at all levels across the sector.

ILRI views its capacity development work as an integral element to successful livestock research for development. This refers to the intentional and purpose-driven efforts to increase the capacity of its stakeholders to undertake and use research to generate development outcomes and scale up in a sustainable manner. In this respect, capacity development is an integral and essential part of successful livestock research for development that delivers outcomes and impact. People, results and outcomes are thus associated with many units and projects at ILRI; leadership is provided by ILRI’s Capacity Development Unit.

The CGIAR Gender and Breeding Initiative (GBI) envisions the development of a comprehensive toolbox aimed at the analysis and incorporation of gender perspectives from the very beginning of a breeding program, right through to implementation and impact assessment. Continue reading →
Policies, institutions and livelihoods, Dec/2018
Originally posted on ILRI policies, instititions and livelihoods program: ILRI staff attended the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) @ 10 event in Nairobi on 29 November 2018 (photo credit: ILRI/Judy Kimani).? The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) supports women in livestock development by ensuring that they benefit and are empowered through livestock.…
ILRI news blog, Dec/2018
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) supports women in livestock development by ensuring that they benefit and are empowered through livestock. It does this by developing the capabilities of women to benefit from livestock production. Capabilities in this sense can range from developing capacities to access and use productivity technologies to developing aspirations for women to run livestock enterprises. This is in line with the institute’s strategic objective of increasing the capacity of ILRI and its key stakeholders to make better use of livestock science and investments for better lives through livestock. To enhance the capacity of its women scientists, ILRI has benefited from the African Women in Agricultural Research and D Continue reading →
Policies, institutions and livelihoods, Nov/2018
A recent study in Nicaragua shows that despite the growing popularity of learning alliances, it is difficult to quantify whether they increase the capacity of partners compared to other networks with similar goals. Researchers from ILRI and the Georg-August-Universitåt in Germany evaluated the business relationship constructs of trust and capacity development in the Nicaraguan Learning Alliance. Continue reading →
Policies, institutions and livelihoods, Nov/2018


Capacity development is a prominent feature of ILRI’s strategy, setting the context for the capacity development agenda of the institute. In line with this, there are over 70 staff across the institute working on capacity development at different levels of investment, with over 15 of these working exclusively on CapDev issues / projects.

Consistent with the approach of embedding CapDev work into ILRI projects and CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs), the majority of the staff are embedded directly into various ILRI programs.

The staff members below all work on capacity development to varying degrees. Click here to see a more structured breakdown of ILRI’s investment in capacity development.

Addah Magawa
Administrative Assistant
Agnes Njeri Mburu
Technical Assistant
Andrew Mude
Principal Economist
Azage Tegegne
Principal Scientist; LIVES Project Manager; Deputy to the Director General's Representative in Ethiopia
Berhanu Gebremedhin
Senior Scientist-Agricultural Economist and Research Coordinator, LIVES


The International Livestock Research Institute, and other partners in the CGIAR Research Program on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics (Humidtropics) have released eight briefs to help CGIAR Research Programs integrate key ‘capacity development in systems’ concepts into their work. Continue reading

ILRI clippings, Nov/2016

In mid-2016, ILRI's capacity development unit will use the services of ProctorU to test the extent to which partner organisations (LCPs) in the mNutrition project have mastered online content before committing its trainers to running in-country workshops. Continue reading

ILRI clippings, Mar/2016

ILRI is a ‘host’ and ‘home’ institute for the CIRCLE program which is integrated into ILRI’s graduate fellowship program and coordinated by the Capacity Development unit with support from the Livestock Systems and Environment (LSE) program and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Continue reading

ILRI clippings, May/2015

What is the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish doing to develop capacity to enhance smallholder agricultural value chains in Asia, Africa and Latin America? Take a look at this wonderfully animated 6-minute video to find out. Continue reading

ILRI clippings, Jan/2015

Call for Applications for a Netherlands Funded Tailor-Made Training Program initiative (TMT) for Kenya Continue reading

ILRI clippings, Nov/2014

The International Foundation for Science (IFS) calls for individual research grants by early-career scientists in the developing world to undertake research on the sustainable management of biological and water resources Continue reading

ILRI clippings, Nov/2014