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International Livestock Research Institute

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works at the crossroads of livestock and poverty, bringing high-quality science and capacity-building to bear on poverty reduction and sustainable development. ILRI works in Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and China (see list of offices).

ILRI is a non-profit-making and non-governmental organization with headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, and a second principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We employ over 700 staff from about 40 countries. About 80 staff are recruited through international competitions and represent some 30 disciplines. Around 600 staff are nationally recruited, largely from Kenya and Ethiopia.

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 livestockensuring better lives through livestock.

ILRI's three strategic objectives are:

  • with partners, to develop, test, adapt and promote science-based practices thatbeing sustainable and scalableachieve better lives through livestock.
  • with partners,to provide compelling scientific evidence in ways that persuade decision-makersfrom farms to boardrooms and parliamentsthat smarter policies and bigger livestock investments can deliver significant socio-economic, health and environmental dividends to both poor nations and households.
  • with partners,to increase capacity among ILRI's key stakeholders to make better use of livestock science and investments for better lives through livestock.