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ILRI belongs to the Consultative Group on Inter­na­tional Agricultural Research (CGIAR). This association of more than 50 govern­ments and public- and private-sector institutions supports a network of 15 Future Harvest agricultural research centers working to reduce poverty, hunger and environmental degradation in devel­op­ing countries. The co-sponsors of the CGIAR are the World Bank, the United Nations Develop­ment Programme, the Food and Agriculture Organiza­tion of the United Nations, and the International Fund for Agricultural Research.  The aim of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is to give poor people in developing countries strategic options they can use to transform their subsistence livelihoods into sustainable and market-oriented livestock enterprises. ILRI’s strategy to 2010 is to exploit the best of advanced science to alleviate severe problems in tropical animal agriculture. The strategy addresses new opportunities and threats presented by a demand for livestock foods in developing countries that will double by 2020. ILRI maintains a holistic systems perspective and works with a wealth of partners throughout the developing and developed worlds

Who?  ILRI employs more than 100 inter­nationally recruited scientists and spe­cialists from some 35 countries and representing some 30 disciplines, as well as over 700 support staff from Ethiopia, Kenya and other developing countries. A Board of Trustees com­prising 10 leading livestock-related research specialists from countries of the North and South provides guidance. 

What?  ILRI and its investor, farmer and scientific partners are together producing research-based livestock technologies and knowledge that help far­mers increase their crop and livestock produc­tivity while conserving their natural resources. These research products also help govern­ments direct the benefits of improv­ed livestock pro­duc­tion and marketing to poor and marginalized people. Livestock research products enhance the livelihoods, as­sets, health and environ­ments of the poor
Why?  Most of the world’s livestock are raised in developing countries, where a skyrocketing demand for milk and meat is driving a livestock revolution that offers several hundred million people oppor­tunities to leave a subsistence exis­tence by entering the global market economy. Without research on the needs of small-scale farmers, large-scale enterprises may capture most of this new market. This makes livestock research for develo­p­ment essential for a more equitable and sustain­able future.

Where?  ILRI works in all tropical developing regions. These are, in order of ILRI’s emphases (as determined by estimated impacts of improved livestock production on world poverty): sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, North Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and West and Central Asia. Conditions in these regions are generally harsh for animals and people alike. Livestock yields are just one-quarter those in devel­op­ed regions due to a dearth of live­stock feeds, a deva­stating disease burden, rapidly eroding live­stock and forage biodiversity, poor access to markets, unresponsive policy environments and degradation of natural resources.

How?  ILRI helps develop research products that reduce these severe problems. The institute works with several hundred partners to tap the immense development potential of the on-going live­stock and scientific revolutions to make these work for the poor.

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