ILRI@40 TROPENTAG: Livestock-based options for sustainable food and nutritional security and healthy lives

Prague, Czech Republic

ILRI side event at Tropentag 2014 International Conference on Research on Food Security, Natural Resource Management and Rural Development Prague, Czech Republic, 18 September 2014

On 18 September 2014, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) will hold a side event at Tropentag 2014. The Tropentag is a development-oriented and interdisciplinary conference that addresses issues of resource management, environment,agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food, nutrition and related sciences in the context of rural development, sustainable resource use and poverty alleviation worldwide.

The 2014 conference theme is ‘bridging the gap between increasing knowledge and decreasing resources’. Participants will address the question of how scientific knowledge can be better used for sustainably managing natural resources and alleviating poverty, especially in developing countries.


In2014,to mark 40 years of international 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.

The ILRI side event highlighted products of livestock research contributing to the global development agenda, from generating research products (performing) to targeting research investments and policymaking (informing) to reshaping whole livestock production systems (transforming).

Participants included ILRI partners and alumni from Germany and the wider European community.  

Provisional program

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Setting the context

  • Dieter Schillinger, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Board of Trustees

Keynote presentations I

  • •  Refocusing livestock AR4D to address food and nutritional security challenges
        Tom Randolph, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
    •   Healthy lives: tackling food-borne diseases and zoonoses at ILRI
        Delia Grace,International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
    •  Environmental Sustainability of Livestock Systems – Challenges and Prospects
        Eva Schlecht, University of Kassel

Panel discussion

  • Ensuring that livestock research translates into development outcomes
    Moderator: Shirley Tarawali, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
  • Maximilian P.O. Baumann, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Sieglinde Snapp, Michigan State University
  • Sékou Amadou Traore, , University of Hohenheim

Keynote presentation II

  • Dynamizing development processes through livestock innovation systems research
    Ann Waters-Bayer, ETC International

Concluding remarks

  •  Dieter Schillinger, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Board of Trustees
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On Wednesday, 17 September, ILRI Director General Jimmy Smith will give a keynote address

The interplay of knowledge and natural resources: Ensuring the health, wealth and environmental benefits of livestock

This presentation will set out the global livestock research issues impinging on major development challenges facing the world today and new opportunities for translating livestock research knowledge into practical development solutions working at broad scale.


  • Sustainable research options for food, nutrition and economic security: health,wealth and environmental benefits of livestock