Emerging ag inc assists the GLAD project co-ordinated by the International Livestock Research Institute. The two-year project has helped to raise the profile of livestock in global development discussions and included the development of an outreach strategy. Livestock are powerful, if as yet underutilized, instruments for leveraging the systemic changes we need to meet all of the world’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The livestock sector contributes directly to 7 of the SDGs and is particularly central to ending poverty and hunger while creating sustainable food systems globally.

Jimmy Smith led an ILRI delegation to the Second High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (HLM2 GPEDC), which was held in Nairobi, Kenya 28 Nov–2 Dec 2016 (photo credit: ILRI/Susan MacMillan).

Engagement in Global Platforms

During this time, ILRI has been involved in important discussions on the development agenda, including:

  • The UN Committee on Food Security
  • The Global Panel on Economic Development
  • The Expert Group Meeting on SDG2
  • The High Level Political Forum on the SDGs

Smith participated in a panel discussion highlighting the essential role of business in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and providing guidance for how governments and development partners can support responsible, inclusive and sustainable business.

Jimmy Smith, left, takes part in a panel discussion chaired by USAID.

Donor Strategy

Addressing the long term shortfalls in development assistance for livestock is also important. Although livestock represents 40-60% of the agricultural GDP in most countries, it receives on 4% of development funding. This is despite the fact that livestock is often an early portal of entry to food production. While access to land for fields may often be expensive or difficult to obtain, having a cow or a chicken can mean food for the household and regular income without waiting for harvest. With this in mind, we prepared a donor strategy for the GLAD project that intersects with the pressing issues of climate change, women in agriculture, and social stability.

Please see the ILRI blog for more information: Livestock opportunities for responsible, inclusive and sustainable business-for-development partnerships