ILRI@40 BORLAUG DIALOGUE: Livestock-based options for sustainable food and nutritional security

Des Moines, Iowa, USA

Side event at the Borlaug Dialogue, Des Moines, USA, 15 October 2014

On 15 October 2014, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) will hold a roundtable event at the 2014 Norman E Borlaug International Symposium to articulate the role of livestock production in sustainable food production and the changes, impacts and coordination needed to address the needs of a growing human population in sustainable as well as equitable ways. 

In the world’s poorest countries, farm animals contribute significantly to food and nutritional security at all levels, household to global.  

Animal foods feed people directly (as meat, milk or eggs) and also contribute indirectly to food and nutritional security by providing essential farm inputs, such as manure for fertilizing croplands.

The estimated nine billion-plus people crowding the planet by 2050 will create unprecedented increased demand for food, especially highly nourishing animal-source foods such as meat, milk and eggs. Since most milk, meat and eggs in developing countries are produced by smallholders, today’s smallholder livestock production systems will have to change significantly to meet the growing demand.  


In 2014, to mark 40 years of research, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is facilitating a series of events that highlight the ways in which livestock research advances the global development agenda, specifically for sustainable food and nutritional security, economic well-being and healthy lives. 

These events bring together global, regional and local actors in sustainable livestock development, including the public and private sectors and research and development agencies.

This event brings together public and private actors in sustainable livestock development to discuss ways to enhance the contributions of livestock to sustainable food and nutritional security. The discussions support the theme of this year’s 2014 Borlaug Dialogue: ‘Can We Sustainably Feed the 9 Billion People on our Planet by the Year 2050?’

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Provisional program

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Welcome remarks

  • Jimmy Smith, Director General,International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya

Keynote Speaker

  •    The transformative role of livestock production in sustainable food production- (tbc)
Livestock dialogue

With representatives from the CGIAR Consortium, private sector, governments, development agencies, investors and foundations.

ILRI-partner global livestock inputs

During this year’s globally celebrated food and agriculture week of 13–17 October, ILRI will host a series of get-togethers at its offices around the world for our partners, farmer clients, investors and other stakeholders. Each event will highlight ways in which livestock support sustainable food and nutritional security, economic well-being and healthy lives now and in the future. Outcomes of these conversations will form part of ILRI’s side event at the Borlaug Dialogue.