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CGIAR research by ILRI

CGIAR research is being operationalized through a number of 'CGIAR Research Programs' - more information is online at:

ILRI is actively engaged in eight of these Programs (see list below - follow the links left of this page for more information). We lead The program on 'Livestock and Fish’, and we lead a component (on ‘Agriculture-associated Diseases’) of the Program on ‘Agriculture for Improved Nutrition and Health’. Our strategy contains further details on our research and its fit the CGIAR research portfolio.

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CGIAR research program (abbreviated titles)

Major focus or components

ILRI roles and responsibilities

Agricultural Systems for the Poor and Vulnerable


1. Innovation systems and capacity and policy actions

2. Reducing vulnerability and managing risk

3. Productive and profitable systems

4. Measuring impacts and cross-regional synthesis

ILRI will probably contribute to all four strategic research thrusts. Programs will have a regional focus. ILRI would play a leadership role in eastern and southern Africa and support work in West Africa and South Asia. (About 10% of ILRI budget)

Humid Tropics

Integrated systems improvement to:

1. Enhance productivity for incomes and livelihoods

2. Sustainable natural resource management

3. Improved institutional effectiveness

Major areas of research would be in crop-residue trade-offs (food, feed, fuel, conservation agriculture) and in intensification of crop–livestock systems and nutrient cycling. (About 10% of ILRI budget)

Policies, Institutions and Markets

1. Policies and investments for pro-poor growth

2. Enabling institutions and governance for the poor

3. Value chains

4. Cross-cutting elements of policy processes, capacity and gender

ILRI is participating in all three components. (About 5% of ILRI budget)

Enhancing Food Security through Staple Foods

Livestock and Fish

Targets seven animal value chains

1. Technology platform (feeds and forages, breeds, health)

2. Value chain assessment and monitoring and evaluation platforms

ILRI is the leader. (About 42% of ILRI budget)

Improved Nutrition and Health

1. Nutritionally sensitive value chains

2. Biofortification

3. Agriculture-associated diseases

4. Agriculture, nutrition and health–integrated programs and harmonized policies

ILRI leads component 4.3 on ‘agriculture-associated diseases’ and links to nutritional improvements in value chains. (About 20% of ILRI budget)

Water, Land and Ecosystems

Better management of land, water and ecosystems

ILRI will have a role in mixed rain-fed crop–livestock intensification (primarily in the Nile and Volta basins) and pastoral best bets


This is a comprehensive 5-year program for the management, as well as the secure and sustainable funding, of the collections of plant genetic resources held by 11 members of the CGIAR Consortium.

The ILRI genebank conserves almost 19 thousand accessions of forages from over 1000 species. This is one of the most diverse collections of forage grasses, legumes and fodder tree species held in any genebank in the world and includes the world’s major collection of African grasses and tropical highland forages.

Climate Change

1. Adaptation to progressive climate change

2. Adaptation pathways for current climate risk

3. Poverty alleviation through climate change mitigation strategies

4. Diagnosis and scenarios for making strategic choices

ILRI is one of the larger centres in this CRP and is involved in all its components. ILRI has allocated about 10% of budget, but also has an additional USD 4 million to lead one research theme (‘targeting’) and one regional program (eastern Africa)