ILRI@40 AACAA: Livestock-based options for economic well-being in Africa

Nairobi, Kenya

Side session at the 6th All Africa Conference on Animal Agriculture

On the afternoon of Tuesday 28 October 2014, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) will hold a special side event at the 6th All Africa Conference on Animal Agriculture (AACAA) in Nairobi, Kenya.

Meeting every four years, the AACAA is a forum for researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders to share scientific findings and experiences in animal agriculture in Africa and beyond.

The conference will provide an opportunity for African scientists and livestock sector stakeholders to discuss ways animal agriculture can improve the lives and livelihoods of African people.

ILRI’s side event will articulate the large, and largely under-exploited, potential of livestock to significantly reduce poverty and transform livelihoods.

Experts and leaders from Africa’s livestock sector will speak and participate in roundtable discussions on livestock-based options for economic well-being in Africa. Immediately following the session, ILRI will host a conference dinner for all participants.  


In 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.

Register for the AACAA conference:

Program: 1430-1800 hours

Welcome remarks

Jimmy Smith, Director General, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Inaugural address

Fred Segor, Principal Secretary for Livestock, Kenya Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and ILRI Board Member

Keynote address: Livestock and economic well-being in Africa

Yemi Akinbamijo, Executive Director, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)

Debate: Livestock options present solutions for livelihoods on the African continent

Facilitated discussions will provide opportunities for regional and local actors, industry players and key partners in livestock research to articulate propositions 'for' and 'against' the potential of livestock to significantly reduce poverty and transform livelihoods in Africa.

Moderator: Ed Rege, PICO-Eastern Africa


Augusta Abate, Assistant Representative in Kenya, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Philip Kiriro, President, Eastern Africa Farmers' Federation

Donald Nkrumah, Senior Program Officer, Agricultural Development – Livestock Genetics, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Hameed Nuru, Senior Director, Policy and External Affairs, GALVmed

David ole Nkedianye, Governor, Kajiado County, Kenya

Closing remarks

Okeyo Mwai, Principal Scientist, International Livestock Research Institute


ILRI-sponsored conference dinner follows immediately after the side event