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.

Melanie Rekha Ramasawmy is a researcher at the University of Roehampton, London. She is working on the Going Places Project, which is looking at women and chicken husbandry in Ethiopia. The following is a summary of an interview she gave about her work in the project. Continue reading →
African Chicken Genetic Gains, Apr/2017
Scientists from the International Livestock Research Institute, in collaboration with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Ethiopia’s National Animal Health Diagnostic and Investigation Center, trained 16 veterinarians, laboratory technicians and assistant veterinarians as part of efforts towards improved small ruminant respiratory and reproductive disease control in Ethiopia. Continue reading →
Livestock and Fish, Mar/2017
A group of women in western Kenya, upon completion of a training course in smallholder dairy production offered by the Mazingira Centre of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), have adopted and commercialized preparation of home-made dairy meal for cattle. Continue reading →
Mazingira, Mar/2017
ILRI was honoured by a visit this week to ILRI by Julie Borlaug (left) and Jeannie Borlaug Laube, granddaugher and daughter of Norman Borlaug, respectively. Continue reading →
ILRI news blog, Mar/2017

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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.

Sita R. Ghimire
Principal Scientist - Plant Pathology
Solomon Gizaw
Livestock expert
Teshome Dersso
Research and Development Assistant
Thomas Dubale
Sports Attendant
Valerian Aloo
Capacity Development Officer

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