The impact of livestock research on sustainable development – looking back to accelerate future food system transformation

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Livestock is the fastest growing agricultural sub-sector, with most growth occurring in developing countries. For millions of families in low-income countries, livestock are critical for adapting to climate change while offering a sustainable source of health and wealth and providing important environmental services.

For more than four and a half decades, one global CGIAR centre has been mandated to conduct research to help people build ‘better lives through livestock’ by leveraging the benefits and mitigating the costs of livestock production in developing countries.

The discussions at this round table will be centered around a newly released book, The Impact of the International Livestock Research Institute’. This 700-page, highly referenced, volume provides the first evidence-based global estimates of the many scientific, economic, policy and capacity development impacts of livestock research in and for developing countries. The book reviews 46 years of major achievements, lessons and impacts generated by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and its predecessors, the International Livestock Centre for Africa (ILCA) and the International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases (ILRAD), and their many partners.

This book is an indispensable guide and reference for veterinarians, animal and forage scientists, and anyone working for the equitable and sustainable development of the world's poorer agricultural economies. The scientific and economic impacts of tropical livestock research detailed in this work reveal valuable lessons for reducing world hunger, poverty and environmental degradation. Describing the impacts of smallholder livestock systems on the global environment, the book also covers animal genetics, production, health and disease control, and livestock-related land management, public policy and economics, all with useful pointers for future livestock-for-development research.

If you are interested to attend contact Michael Victor (m.victor(@)