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Wednesday, October 15 • 7:30pm - 10:00pm
ILRI@40: Livestock-based Options for Sustainable Food Systems

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In 2014, to mark 40 years of international research, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is facilitating a series of events that highlight the ways in which livestock research advances the global development agenda, specifically for sustainable food and nutritional security, economic well-being and healthy lives.

On 15 October 2014, ILRI and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are holding a roundtable event at the 2014 Norman E Borlaug International Symposium to articulate the roles of livestock production in sustainable food production and the changes, impacts and coordination needed to address the needs of a growing human population in sustainable as well as equitable ways. This roundtable event brings together public and private actors in sustainable livestock development to discuss ways to enhance the contributions of livestock to sustainable food and nutritional security.

Welcome remarks: Lindiwe M. Sibanda,  Chair, ILRI Board of Trustees and Chief Executive Officer and Head of Diplomatic Mission Food of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), South Africa  

A video message from Bill Gates 

Keynote:  The transformative role of livestock in sustainable food systems in the developing world

  • Christopher Delgado, Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute, USA

Livestock dialogue: The panel will consider the critical livestock challenges and opportunities for sustainable food systems in 2054.

Moderated by Jimmy Smith, Director General, ILRI, Kenya


  • Rob Bertram, Chief Scientist, Bureau for Food Security, United State Agency for International Development (USAID), USA
  • Mitch Davis, Director of Global Shared Value, Elanco, USA
  • James Kasongo, Country Director, Heifer International, Zambia
  • Mark Poeschl, Vice President, Cargill Premix and Nutrition, USA
  • Florence Wambugu, Founder, Director and the Chief Executive Officer of Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International (AHBFI), Kenya

Closing summary: Suzanne Petersen, Member of ILRI Board of Trustees and Brand Marketing Manager, Land O'Lakes Purina Feed, USA

A hot buffet will be provided.

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Dr. Jimmy Smith

Director General, International Livestock Research Institute
Jimmy Smith, a Canadian, is the director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), a position he assumed in 2011. Before joining ILRI, he worked for the World Bank in Washington, DC, where he led the Bank’s Global Livestock Portfolio. He has also held senior... Read More →

Wednesday October 15, 2014 7:30pm - 10:00pm PDT
Cedar Rapids and Council Bluffs Rooms

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