Press release: Livestock research institute opens new office in Nepal

Published date: 25 January 2021

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The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) announced the opening of a new office in Kathmandu, Nepal on 18 January 2021. The new office will strengthen the institute’s partnerships with national and regional partners in South Asia to provide science-based evidence to decision-makers, facilitate scaling of proven livestock practices and build the capacities of key stakeholders in the country.

ILRI has already developed plans in Nepal with national and regional research, private-sector, government and non-governmental organizations to develop new priorities for collaborative work in the country.

ILRI will coordinate the already approved United States Agency for International Development-funded Phase II (2019 to 2024) activities of the Livestock System Innovation Lab in Nepal.

Padmakumar Varijakshapanicker, who is a senior research management coordinator at ILRI, has been appointed as the institute’s representative in the country. Padmakumar, a post-graduate in Tropical Animal Production & Health from the University of Edinburgh, brings with him more than three decades of experience in global research for development.

ILRI will be hosted by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) at Khmaltar, Kathmandu. 

For more information or to get in contact with ILRI office in Nepal, contact Padmakumar V., country representative,, Tel:+977 1 5526595.


About ILRI

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa.