This year, to mark 40 years of its international research, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is facilitating a series of events that highlight the ways in which livestock research advances the global development agenda, specifically for sustainable food and nutritional security, economic well-being and healthy lives.
In September 2014, ILRI and partners in India discussed livestock research priorities in the country, which has one of the largest livestock and livestock-dependent populations the world.
In this 4-minute film, Purvi Mehta-Bhatt, head of ILRI Asia, talks with M S Swaminathan, one of the key figures behind India’s Green Revolution. Swaminathan reflects on the establishment of ILRI and its predecessors–the International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases (ILRAD) and the International Livestock Centre for Africa (ILCA)–and their contributions to synergies between livestock research and public policy in the country, especially in supporting India’s dairy production.
Referring to India’s dairy revolution, he says ‘bringing together the key elements of livestock production including breeding, feeding, marketing, processing and selling has helped achieve very high growth rates in milk production in India.’
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