|On 1 October 2014, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is organizing a high-profile conference on livestock’s contributions to sustainable food and nutritional security, economic well-being and healthy lives. |
Today’s decision-makers on pro-poor livestock sector development draw on a substantial body of knowledge and evidence generated by international research on more efficient, safe and sustainable uses of livestock.
This year, the board, management and staff of ILRI are highlighting the ways in which livestock research advances the global development agenda, specifically for food and nutritional security, economic well-being and healthy lives.
This livestock research by ILRI and partners is behind products and practices helping millions of people in developing countries produce food and generate income. It is creating new tools and evidence to help decision-makers tackle risks and grasp benefits caused by rising demands for livestock foods and fast-changing livestock systems in developing countries. And it is providing game-changing options to guide and fine-tune trajectories of future livestock production systems so they provide sustainable, equitable and resilient futures for all.
ILRI@40In 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.
The conference will highlight products of livestock research and how they contribute to the global development agenda, from generating research products (performing) to targeting research investments and policymaking (informing) to reshaping whole livestock production systems (transforming).
Morning session: 0900–1300
Jimmy Smith, Director General, International Livestock Research Institute
RemarksFred Segor, Principal Secretary, Kenya Ministry of Agriculture,Livestock and Fisheries
Inaugural addressFelix Koskei, Cabinet Secretary, Kenya Ministry of Agriculture,Livestock and Fisheries
Founders’ remarksBrief remarks shall be made by parties to the agreement on the establishment of the International Livestock Research Institute as an international organization. These are: the governments of Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Kenya and Ethiopia and the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP).
Keynote address: Why invest in livestock-based options for livelihoods, healthy lives and a sustainable environment?Modibo Traoré, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Sub-regional Coordinator for eastern Africa and Representative to Ethiopia, the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
Panel discussionsFacilitated panel discussions will provide opportunities for regional and local actors, industry players and key partners in the livestock sector to look ahead to the next 40 years and identify the most critical livestock issues to invest in for better lives through livestock.
Moderator: Ed Rege, PICO-Eastern Africa
Bright Rwamirama, Honourable Minister of State for Animal Industry, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Republic of Uganda
Fina Opio, Executive Director, Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA)
Kipkirui arap Lang'at, Chairman, Eastern and Southern Africa Dairy Association and Kenya Dairy Processors' Association
Joseph Kipkoech, Senior Advisor, Vocational Skills Development, SNV
Ibrahim Idi-Issa, Deputy Executive Secretary, Comité permanent Inter-Etat de Lutte contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel (CILSS)
Lunch: 1300–1400Showcase of ILRI's research through guided tours around the campus.