International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works with partners worldwide to enhance the roles that livestock play in food security and poverty alleviation, principally in Africa and Asia. The outcomes of these research partnerships help people in developing countries keep their farm animals alive and productive, increase their livestock and farm productivity in sustainable ways, find profitable markets for their animal products, and reduce the risk of livestock-related human diseases.
ILRI is a non-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and an annual operating budget of about US$80 million. ILRI is an international research institute co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia. It works through a network of regional and country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia, Central, East, Southern and West Africa.
In the developing world, livestock are the fastest-growing part of agriculture. Due to population growth and other drivers of change, many of the developing world’s livestock systems are transforming as fast as they are growing. Livestock science helps the world’s almost one billion people depending on small-scale livestock keeping to make better and more sustainable use of the big changes and new trends.
To increase global food supplies by as much as 70 per cent in the next 40 years without depleting natural resources, options are needed to support the world’s vast array of smallholder food producers, particularly small-scale ‘mixed’ crop-and-livestock farmers, who are the mainstay of the world’s food production and are likely to remain so for generations to come, as well as livestock herders, who move their animals periodically to find new pastures across rangelands covering one-third of the earth’s ice-free surface, and who are among the world’s most vulnerable people.
ILRI is organized in the following major research programs:
- Animal and Human Health
- Feed and Forage Development
- Livestock Genetics (LiveGene)
- Policies, Institutions and Livelihoods
- Sustainable Livestock Systems
- Impact at Scale
- Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA)-ILRI Hub
Cross-cutting gender, research methods, communications, knowledge management, capacity development and partnership programs support these research programs.
ILRI leads the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock, ILRI leads one flagship and co-leads another of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health, and ILRI contributes substantially to the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security and several other CGIAR research programs and platforms. Staff members work in integrated programs that develop and deliver science-based practices, provide scientific evidence for decision-making and develop capacities of livestock-sector stakeholders.
Feature image: A cattle keeper in Laos gives her cows salt (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann).
ILRI is co-hosted by Kenya & Ethiopia
Kenya: ILRI, PO Box 30709, Nairobi, Kenya 00100
Physical address: ILRI, Old Naivasha Road, near Uthiru, Nairobi, Kenya Email: ILRI-Kenya@cgiar.org Ph: +254 20 422 3000
Ethiopia: ILRI, PO Box 5689, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Ph: +251 11 617 2000
Media and Communications
Susan MacMillan (Kenya)
Communications, Awareness and Advocacy Leader
David Aronson (Kenya)
Communications, Awareness and Advocacy
Research communication tools:
Ben Hack (Kenya)
Knowledge, Engagement and Collaboration
News from International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
Lancet Countdown 2018 report shows concerning trends in heat and heat waves, infectious disease and declining food security29.11.18
The Lancet Countdown: tracking progress on health and climate change is a multidisciplinary, interna…Read more
Purvi Mehta on Indian agriculture and nutrition—Addressing agricultural disconnects and food disparities29.11.18
- Food Security
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Press release: Urgent action needed to close the ‘livestock data gap’ to address poverty and food insecurity27.11.18
- Big data
ILRI Asia Missing or poor livestock data limits development opportunities, according to a community …Read more
Publications from International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
Assessing knowledge, beliefs and practices related to the consumption of sheep and goat meat in Senegal28.11.18
- Food Security
Tackling antimicrobial resistance: Activities by the International Livestock Research Institute15.11.18