Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health: The Road Ahead
Over 70 CTLGH members, funders, key stakeholders and collaborators gathered in Edinburgh to discuss progress on improving tropical livestock productivity and resilience.
The Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH) was established to improve the productivity and health of livestock in sub-Saharan Africa using the latest genetic and genomics technologies and related innovations.
Representatives from the Centre’s three partner organisations: The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) gathered in Edinburgh on 26 – 28 September to discuss the outputs, tools and products of current projects in tropical cattle and poultry, as well as progress in the development of reproductive technologies, data infrastructures and capacity building. Over 70 members from the Centre’s partner institutions, funders and other key stakeholders and collaborators attended the meeting.
This was a great opportunity to take stock, examine how existing and new collaborations will maximise the impact CTLGH research and define future plans for the Centre.
Livestock are directly relevant to the achievement of many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and by improving a sustainable production of quality livestock products, CTLGH is set to make an important contribution to the alleviation of global poverty, malnutrition and food security.
With input from scientists, the Centre’s directorate, the International Advisory Committee, and other key leaders in livestock and global development, Gabrielle Persley and Chris Prideaux, will be drafting a strategy document that is synergistic with those of the founding partner organisations and will leverage further funds to deliver CTLGH’s ambition to make tropical agriculture a profitable enterprise.
This was indeed a fantastic meeting not least because it was my first as CTLGH Director since assuming my role 4 months ago. The annual meeting provided a real opportunity to recommit to the deliverable set jointly with our funders, assess progress across the five programs, develop new collaborations and identify challenges that need to be addressed to ensure that CTLGH delivers concrete results in a short, medium and long term and that CTLGH is solidly established as world leading livestock research and development centre.
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