This 2010-12 MTP presents relatively few adjustments to research plans from the previous MTP. One main cross-cutting change in the ILRI research program in 2010 will be to accelerate efforts to align research activities to the livestock development challenges presented. In preparation for that, ILRI is conducting a center-commissioned external review in 2009 looking at research into sustainable intensification of smallholder crop-livestock systems to provide a review of past activities and advice on this future focal area. In order to better position itself for improved outcome and impact performance, ILRI is also conducting a center-commissioned external review on its current impact assessment activities and how these might be strengthened in future. Greater changes are anticipated in subsequent medium-term plans, once there is further clarity on the CGIAR strategy and results framework and the mega program / research portfolio of the Consortium. ILRI coordinates the CGIAR Systemwide Livestock Research program, which enables all centres to collaborate in research on a range of cross-cutting livestock problems, also ILRI pursues its research agenda through four inter-related projects relating to the outcomes included, viz. Targeting and Innovation; Improving Market Opportunities; Biotechnology; and the People, Livestock and the Environment. Its specific research programs address: the vulnerability of livestock producers to income loss when their livestock assets are lost to disease or inadequate forage and water as well as their vulnerability to zoonotic diseases;
the challenge of sustainable intensification of smallholder livestock systems for increased productivity; and the potential for sustainable increases in income from expanding markets for safe, high-quality, and affordable livestock products.
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Vision, mission and strategy
ILRI's strategy 2013-2022 was approved in December 2012. It emerged from a wide processof consultation and engagement.
ILRI envisions... a world where all people have access to enough food and livelihood options to fulfil their potential.
ILRI’s mission is... to improve food and nutritional security and to reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock—ensuring better lives through livestock.
ILRI’s three strategic objectives are:
CGIAR is the only worldwide partnership addressing agricultural research for development, whose work contributes to the global effort to tackle poverty, hunger and major nutrition imbalances, and environmental degradation.