International Livestock Research Institute

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI):  ILRI is one of 15 future harvest centers, which conduct food and environmental research to help alleviate poverty and increase food security while protecting the natural resource base. Current research and capacity strengthening priorities of ILRI are: climate change, impacts and adaptation; emerging diseases, impacts and human health; market access, value chain analysis and SPS; livestock, environment and sustainability; risk, vulnerability and sustainability of pastoral systems; animal genetic resources and breeding; small holder livestock intensifications and implications and monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment of livestock research and development. The identified areas of food safety, biosecurity and zoonotic diseases are high priority areas within ILRI’s current research portfolio and are also focus areas in the VPH-Biotech Global Consortium programs. OSU signed a Memorandum of Agreement with ILRI in November 2008 and in this pilot initiative. ILRI occupies two very large campuses in Addis Ababa and Nairobi with state-of-the-art training and laboratory facilities that are fully available for scientists from East Africa as well as OSU. ILRI also provides additional technical expertise in the areas of biotechnology as well as adjunct skills. In this collaborative effort scientists at ILRI will also serve as co-mentors for graduate fellows during their work in East Africa.