ILRI has a long history in South Asia region through past and ongoing projects that have delivered positive outcomes. Priority areas for ILRI-led research and development in Nepal include:
- Livestock genetics and breeding, including community-based breeding strategies, molecular characterization and fast delivery of superior genetics through reproductive technologies.
- Feed resource development and mitigation of feed associated ecological footprint, including dual-purpose crops, feed balancing and strengthening the national feed lab to use near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) technology and ILRI’s global experience in rapid investigation of feed quality.
- Animal and human health, including application of the One Health approach, vaccine and diagnostic development, food safety, and control of emerging infectious and zoonotic diseases.
- Market research, product diversification and food safety, including value-added processing to address the perishable nature of livestock products.