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5. Food Security and Capacity Development: The ILRI Experience

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Abstract

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), a CGIAR (formerly the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research) Research Center is headquartered in Kenya. It has sixteen country offices across Africa and Asia. Since its inception in the 1970s, it has been engaging in South-South collaboration projects with different organizations across India and several African countries. Through these projects and initiatives, the ILRI has participated in the coordination, management and execution of various activities with the aim of equipping farmers with the skills and tools needed to improve their livelihoods, better their nutritional and environmental situations, and provide ‘better lives through livestock’. Over the years, India has frequently been the setting of different projects in which the ILRI played an active role alongside other Indian and global partners. Although the nature of these projects varied in range from development of prototype tools, value chains, genetic research, etc., their goal remained unchanged—to help vulnerable members of society build better lives for themselves and their families by assisting them in developing new skills, introducing them to new approaches and techniques and providing them with innovative resources to implement in their daily lives. This paper provides a summary of six different projects that involved India-Africa collaboration highlighting key initiatives and lessons learnt, while also discussing how these can help inform further initiatives with regard to the design and implementation of successful South-South collaborations.
Footnotes
1
Stover is the leaves and stalks of field crops, such as corn (maize), sorghum or soybean that are commonly left in a field after harvesting the grain.
 
2
Cultivars are a plant variety that has been produced in cultivation by selective breeding.
 
3
Energy available for growth or reproduction and for supporting metabolic processes.
 
4
Heritability is a statistic used in the fields of breeding and genetics that estimates the degree of variation in a phenotypic trait in a population that is due to genetic variation between individuals in that population.
 
5
The Paravet Training Project seeks to increase the numbers of trained paraveterinary officers/animal health and production specialists in the region by providing paraveterinary training through a distance learning programme using modular components.
 
6
A mineral lick (also known as a salt lick) is a place where animals can go to lick essential mineral nutrients from a deposit of salts and other minerals.
 
7
RRIDMA is an associate organization of BAIF Development Research Foundation.
 
8
Merged with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to form the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office as of 2020.
 
9
The ‘Rashtriya Gokul Mission’ has been launched by the government for conservation and development of indigenous breeds in a focused and scientific manner. The mission also envisages establishment of integrated cattle development centres.
 
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Metadata
Title
Food Security and Capacity Development: The ILRI Experience
Author
Iddo Dror
Copyright Year
2021
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-54112-5_5

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