IITA and ILRI reaffirm ties, to explore broader partnership

Collective Action at work……..

The visit of Carlos Seré, Director General of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), to IITA Headquarters in Ibadan on Tuesday reaffirmed ties between the two research organizations and signalled potential for broader joint work.

Speaking before IITA and ILRI scientists and management during a luncheon meeting at the International House, Seré elaborated on some of the areas that the two organizations could explore.

“It has been clear for quite some time that there is a lot of potential for crops to be used in the livestock sector, which is growing quite fast globally. So there is increasing opportunity to add value and create new markets for crops and their by-products, for example in improving animal nutrition. This is just one area among many that ILRI and IITA could work together on in the near future,” he said.

“Additionally, I think the current challenge, research-wise, for both IITA and ILRI is how to optimally and efficiently produce and use biomass,” he added. Seré also mentioned developing value chain for cassava by-products as another possible area of partnership.

According to Seré, IITA and ILRI have had a long, strong and productive history of working together, even sharing resources and staff. “But it [partnership] could always be improved, and that is what we intend to do,” he emphasized.

Paula Bramel, IITA DDG R4D, supported Seré’s statement: “With the staff and structure changes in ILRI and IITA, we would like to see how we could work more closely and look at broader issues because most of our relationship has mostly been location-specific. We want to focus particularly on West Africa.”

“We will re-invest in this partnership,” she added.

Seré met with IITA DG Hartmann and Bramel after the luncheon meeting to further discuss and plan ways to move this renewed partnership forward and concretize areas of collaboration.

Full IITA Bulletin

Source: ilrinet (Dorine Adhoch) Article contributed by: Elaine Grings, Ibadan, Naigeria

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