East and Southeast Asia

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is renewing its commitment to better lives through livestock by expanding its activities in East and Southeast Asia. This region’s major socio-economic transformations—rapid urbanization, market growth, changing diets and increasing incomes—are contributing to rising demand for meat, milk and eggs, the so-called on-going ‘livestock revolution’. In agriculture, there is rapid development of new farming technologies, as well as improvements in crop-livestock production and marketing. But concerns are growing about the threats to natural resources that these changes bring, coupled with growing climate change risk. These agricultural transformations, however, offer opportunities for effecting a more sustainable, equitable, safe and profitable livestock sector. ILRI is committed to working with many partners within and outside the region to support East and Southeast Asia in meeting its goals through research for development in the livestock sector.


Through CGIAR research programs (CRPs) and with partner organizations, ILRI is helping to address high-priority agricultural research issues in East and Southeast Asia, such as better management of agriculture’s natural resources and helping the region’s smallholder farmers enter the market and take part in its modernizing food systems. There is much reason to be optimistic about the future of livestock production here, as the growing demand for meat, milk and eggs offers ways out of poverty for many millions of people, especially smallholder mixed crop-and-livestock farmers.


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At WorldFish, the long-running selective breeding program for the Genetically Improved Farmed Tilapia (GIFT) strain is fundamental to it efforts to improve livelihoods and food security in Asia, the Pacific and Africa by improving aquaculture and fisheries. In 2016, WorldFish continued this vital GIFT breeding work, funded by the European Union, highlighted by the development of the 15th generation of GIFT and the first-ever distribution of GIFT fry to Myanmar.Continue reading →
Livestock and Fish, Dec/2016
This book summarizes the achievements as well as some of the challenges faced while implementing integrated systems research to support the sustainable development of smallholder farming in the uplands of the Mekong region. It describes how CGIAR centers and national and local partners collaborated to test options to increase farm productivity in the Central Highlands … Continue reading →
ILRI Asia, Dec/2016
Hung Nguyen-Viet, ecohealth researcher at ILRI, was named the co-recipient of the 2016 International Association for Ecology and Health 'Exceptional Early Career Contribution to the Field of EcoHealth' Award, together with Jonathan Kingsley of the University of Melbourne.
AgHealth, Dec/2016
Originally posted on ILRI Asia: Nobody likes getting sick. However, climate change, like higher temperatures, heavier rainfall and higher humidity, is already a given, and diseases highly sensitive to such changes would likely increase over time. Climate change might also make the environment more suitable for diseases to spread, not only among individuals of the…
AgHealth, Dec/2016
A team of researchers from ILRI and national climate, agricultural and health (human, animal and plant) institutes, is developing forecasting systems in Vietnam for three climate-sensitive zoonotic diseases, Japanese encephalitis, leptospirosis and aflatoxin-associated diseases. Titled, “Pestforecast: Surveillance and early-warning systems for climate-sensitive diseases in Vietnam”, the four-year project which started in 2015, is supported by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) in Southeast Asia. Continue reading →
ILRI Asia, Dec/2016
On 18 Nov 2016, ILRI senior scientist Hung Nguyen-Viet was awarded an honorary professorship by the Hanoi University of Public Health in recognition of his contribution to teaching and scientific research.
AgHealth, Nov/2016
To learn more about the factors that hinder smallholder farmers’ uptake and compliance with VietGAHP guidelines, researchers from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and Vietnam National University of Agriculture (VNUA) co-organized and facilitated a stakeholder workshop in Dien Chau district of Nghe An province in Vietnam on 15 November 2016. Continue reading →
VietPigs blog, Nov/2016
A recent two-day training gave farmers and extension staff in Vietman hands-on experience in using a livestock feeding software to improve feed management practices to enhance dairy cattle productivity while at the same time reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from livestock. Continue reading →
VietPigs blog, Nov/2016
Nagaland launches a comprehensive state pig-breeding policy, the first of its kind in India, developed through participatory and consultative processes. Continue reading →
ILRI news blog, Sep/2016
Originally posted on ILRI Asia: ILRI scientists Hung Nguyen and Johanna Lindahl (fifth and sixth from right) at a One Health/EcoHealth seminar on capacity building in India (photo credit: Public Health Foundation in India). One Health and EcoHealth approaches have gained a foothold in Southeast Asia in recent years, especially in Vietnam. In India, One…
AgHealth, Aug/2016

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Fred Unger
Veterinary Epidemiologist & CIM Expert
Han Jianlin
Scientist, Population Geneticist
Hung Nguyen
Acting Regional Representative for East and Southeast Asia & Senior Scientist Ecohealth and Food Safety
Jules Mateo
Communications Specialist for East and Southeast Asia
Lucy Lapar
Agricultural economist
Nguyen Thi Thinh
Research Assistant (Value chains and economic analysis)
Randall Ritzema
Scientist - Systems Analysis
Thanh Nguyen
Admin Officer
Xianglin Li
Liaison Scientist, China
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People working on East and Southeast Asia

Fred Unger
Veterinary Epidemiologist & CIM Expert
Han Jianlin
Scientist, Population Geneticist
Hung Nguyen
Acting Regional Representative for East and Southeast Asia & Senior Scientist Ecohealth and Food Safety
Jules Mateo
Communications Specialist for East and Southeast Asia
Lucy Lapar
Agricultural economist
Nguyen Thi Thinh
Research Assistant (Value chains and economic analysis)
Randall Ritzema
Scientist - Systems Analysis
Thanh Nguyen
Admin Officer

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