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The Director General of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Jimmy Smith was invited to Germany by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) at the beginning of March 2012. GIZ und ILRI want to deepen their cooperation, and further talks on joint research projects are to be held soon.

A delegation of German scientists and representatives of various federal ministries and the private sector will travel to Nairobi, Kenya this year together with representatives of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to hold talks with scientists of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and draft joint research projects.

This is the result of numerous talks held by the General Director of ILRI, Jimmy Smith, at the beginning of March 2012 in Germany. The visit was at the invitation of GIZ-BEAF Advisory Services on Agricultural Research for Development. For several years now, GIZ/BEAF has been promoting ILRI research work on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Current projects cover the impact of climate change on livestock farmers, the development and introduction of livestock insurance coverage  or improving market access for small livestock farmers. A successful key area of cooperation is the development of new diagnostic techniques and more effective vaccination against cattle pneumonia, which is the most important bacterial animal disease in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Greater cooperation between ILRI and GIZ in the future was one of the main topics from the very first meeting in the GIZ in Eschborn, Germany.

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