CGIAR research program on livestock and fish

The vision of this CGIAR Research Program is for the health, livelihoods and future prospects of the poor and vulnerable, especially women and children, to be transformed through consumption of adeCGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish logoquate amounts of meat, milk and/or fish and from benefiting from the associated animal source food value chains.



It aims to realize this vision by seizing upon an unprecedented opportunity to integrate and exploit three ongoing revolutions – the Livestock Revolution, the Blue Revolution and the Gene Revolution. It will do this by fostering partnerships that harness the respective strengths of research and development partners, including the private sector, and also other relevant CRPs.


The Program will test the hypothesis that increased access to animal source foods by the poor, especially women and children, can be achieved at scale by strengthening carefully selected meat, milk and fish value chains in which the poor can capture a significant share of the benefits. Technologies and lessons generated through this focused approach will be applicable in broader regional and global settings.


It will concentrate its collective efforts on nine animal‐product value chains in eight countries, replacing our conventional approach of more piece‐meal research across scattered sites. This will allow us to integrate our research in a holistic manner to generate the solutions that will transform the selected value chains and produce more food.



An in-house review of activities showed that LIVES targets in terms of number of household and kebele coverage has been achieved and even exceeded in some areas. Continue reading

LIVES, Feb/2016

Adoption of improved pig production practices under the Vietnamese good animal husbandry practices (VietGAHP) initiative could increase pig farmers’ income by 30-40%. This is in addition to farmers receiving other benefits such as reduced pig rearing times, improved environment, reduced disease risks, better production techniques, and financial and material support from World-Bank funded Livestock Competitiveness and Food Safety Project (LIFSAP). Continue reading

VietPigs blog, Feb/2016

In November 2015, MoreMilkiT led a business opportunity seminar in Morogoro for 25 milk traders including six women to help them strengthen their dairy businesses which are linked to producers in and outside the project. Here some of their stories. Continue reading

Livestock and Fish, Feb/2016

ILRI research to better control classical swine fever, also called hog cholera and pig plague, a highly contagious viral disease of pigs of all ages, usually killing the animals within two weeks of infection. The disease is endemic in the states of northeast India, where pig husbandry and meat eating are ubiquitous among the tribal communities that inhabit this remote region, isolated from the rest of India except through a slender corridor flanked by foreign territories. This article, one of a series being posted on the ILRI News blog, is one of 21 stories published in the ILRI Corporate Report 2014–2015, which you'll find here: Continue reading ...

ILRI news blog, Jan/2016

Mindy Spyker has joined the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) as a US Borlaug Fellow in Global Food Security for the next five months under the Livelihoods, gender and impact (LGI) program. Spyker is a masters student at the University of South Florida in the field of public health. Her research interests are nutrition, mothers … Continue reading →

ILRI Livelihoods, Gender and Impact, Jan/2016

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Communities exposed to better and safer pig production knowledge have increased their production, according to preliminary findings by researchers from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Vietnam National University of Agriculture (VNUA). ILRI’s Thinh Nguyen facilitates a focus group discussion in Dien Tho…

VietPigs blog, Oct/2015

After buying six sows from ethnic minority villages in Vietnam in 2009, Nguyen Van Minh began raising native/indigenous pigs. Six years on, Nguyen, affectionately known as Mr Duc, had increased that number to 130 sows, and was supplying around 500 slaughter pigs annually to the market. His annual earnings had grown exponentially, by 1500%, to VND900 million (approximately USD40,000). According to researchers from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Western Highland Agriculture and Science Institute (WASI), key to his success has been Duc’s ability to create strong linkages with producers and buyers of indigenous pigs. Continue reading

VietPigs blog, Dec/2015

This year, the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish is undergoing an independent external evaluation to assess the phase one implementation of the program. Continue reading

VietPigs blog, Oct/2015

On 17-18 December 2015, a group of about 25 people gathered in Debre Birhan, Ethiopia, to devise the next steps for small ruminants breeding. This group comprised most of the country's experts in sheep and goat breeding, from across the country. Continue reading

Livestock and Fish, Jan/2016

Earlier this year, the Debre Birhan Agricultural Research Centre was awarded a gold medal for outstanding research on Menz sheep breeding from the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology. Continue reading

Livestock and Fish, Dec/2015


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