ILRI says farewell to Director General Jimmy Smith

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Every director general knows, at the time they are appointed, exactly when they’re supposed to leave because their appointment letter tells them so, says Jimmy Smith, who has been the director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) for the past 11 years.

But “I didn’t realise how difficult it would be to say goodbye to ILRI and the staff.”

In this special episode of The Boma podcast, Jimmy reflects on his time as director general, the state of the livestock sector, and what the future may hold.

Photo credit: Jimmy Smith, director general of ILRI (Oct 2011 to Dec 2022), at the farm in ILRI’s Nairobi campus (ILRI/Paul Karaimu)

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