A program supported by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) that is promoting modern livestock farming technologies and practices in Pakistan recently reviewed results from its interventions in the country.
The Agricultural Innovation Program (AIP) for Pakistan works to sustainably increase productivity for farmers in the livestock, horticulture (fruits and vegetables) and cereals (wheat, maize and rice) sector in the country.
At a conference held 24-25 August 2015 in Islamabad, Pakistan, project partners, including ILRI, reviewed the accomplishments of AIP and shared knowledge generated from project interventions.
Iain Wright, ILRI Deputy Director General, delivered a presentation on AIP’s livestock component, which is led by ILRI, emphasizing the importance of innovations in enhancing livestock productivity in the country.
M.N.M. Ibrahim, ILRI Pakistan Country Representative, said innovations contributed by ILRI to AIP include artificial insemination in goats and, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), development of a thermostable peste des petits ruminants (PPR) vaccine.
ILRI also presented 14 posters outlining the outcomes of research-based livestock interventions introduced in the country.
Later, ILRI met with AIP project partners and livestock development experts to review contributions to the project and ways of improving ILRI’s research-for-development work in the country.
ILRI’s AIP work is in the areas of dairy value chain, small ruminants value chain, and fodder, feed and rangeland.
Officials and representatives from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and key partners attended the two-day conference. They were joined by scientists, government officials, policymakers, private sector representatives, academics and other major stakeholders in the program.
The Agricultural Innovation Program for Pakistan is funded by USAID and led by CIMMYT, while PARC is the hosting partner. ILRI, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) and the University of California Davis are the key program partners.
See a related article on ILRI’s contribution to AIP for Pakistan.