CRP evaluation of Livestock and Fish (L&F)

The CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish (L&F) is led by the International Livestock Research Institute (headquarters in Nairobi) with the participation of WorldFish, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).  The overall goal of L&F is  “to increase productivity of small‐scale livestock and fish production systems and performance of associated value chains so as to increase availability and affordability of meat, milk and fish for poor consumers and, in doing so, to reduce poverty through greater participation by the poor along animal source food value chains”.
L&F aims to achieve this by addressing key constraints and opportunities in targeted animal source food value chains. L&F proposes to combine upstream (global) research with research for development which addresses identified challenges in the selected value chains. The value chains were selected based on a variety of criteria (market opportunity, pro-poor potential, researchable supply constraints, enabling environment, existing momentum).
The Program Proposal and Theory of Change presented to donors in 2013 outlined two impact pathways both on delivery systems. Within the first impact pathway L&F focused on the selected value chains and works with development partners to identify and implement more relevant Research for Development. The second impact pathway sets out with the production of International Public Goods (IPGs) which further have to be communicated, adapted to local needs and out-scaled.
The principal purpose of this evaluation was to enhance the contribution that L&F is likely to make to reaching CGIAR goals and to reaching the program objective of increasing productivity of small‐scale livestock and fish production systems and performance of associated value chains.
IEA Evaluation Manager: Rachel Sauvinet-Bedouin, supported by Sophie Zimm

The Team

Anni Mcleod

Evaluation Team Leader

Anni is a livestock economist with extensive experience in research strategy, planning and management. She has a PhD on Modelling the epidemiology of infectious animal diseases from The University of Reading, UK. Anni has worked for 30 years with governments, international agencies and research systems worldwide. For seven years Anni was the Senior Livestock Policy Officer in the Animal Production and Health Division of FAO, she also contributed to FAO’s culture change initiative and to the strategy for the gender programme. For four years she was based at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute as leader of the socio-economics skills group for a DFID-funded project. Recently Anni was the team leader in the IEA commissioned evaluation of the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish.

John Morton

Evaluation Team Member

John has a BA from the University of Cambridge and a PhD from the University of Hull, both in social anthropology, the latter for a study of semi-nomadic pastoralists in north-eastern Sudan. He has worked for twenty years at the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich, where he is now Professor of Development Anthropology and Head of the Livelihood and Institutions Department. John has extensive experience in research and consultancy on social, institutional and policy aspects of livestock development for a variety of international donors, working in pastoral, mixed-crop livestock and smallholder dairy system. From 1995 to 2006 he was Socio-Economic Adviser, then Regional Dissemination, Promotion and Uptake Co-ordinator, for DFID’s Livestock Production Research Programme. Recent work includes responsibility for the institutional and policy component of DFID’s impact assessment and learning from the Ugandan Stamp Out Sleeping Sickness Campaign, being Team Leader of DFID’s Strategic Review of the Democracy, Growth and Peace for Pastoralists Project in Ethiopia, and being a Team Member for the Strategic Overview of Livestock Research Undertaken by the CGIAR. John also has expertise on climate change impacts and adaptation and was Co-ordinating Lead Author for the Chapter on Rural Areas of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report.

Felix von Sury

Evaluation Team Member

Felix von Sury has extensive experience in international and development cooperation. He served for 13 years in the SDC, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Swiss Foreign Ministry, where he was among others Country Director for Nepal and Division Head for Eastern Europe. From 2000 until 2011 he was Executive Director of Intercooperation, a major Swiss development NGO active mainly in the fields of renewable natural resources, agriculture, forestry and climate change. Long-term assignments have taken him to Peru, Australia and India. Since 2012 von Sury has been a freelance consultant. He has a PhD in Agricultural Science from ETH Zurich.

Peter Uden

Evaluation Team Member

Peter Udén received his PhD from Cornell University 1978 in Animal Science/Animal Nutrition and became senior lecturer 1980 at the Department of Animal Nutrition and Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). In 1992, he also became an Associate Professor at the Department. Since 2007, he is the Head of the Feed Science Division within the Department but is presently employed at 20% of full time by the University. He has written some 100 research articles and also been Editor in Chief for some 10 years for the Animal Feed Science and Technology journal. In the area of animal nutrition, he has worked with the study of feed resources in Sweden, Tanzania and Vietnam while supervising PhD students in their sandwich programs at SLU. He has also supervised MSc students from countries such as Tanzania, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Vietnam.

Rex Dunham

Evaluation Team Member

Dr Rex Dunham, a Professor in the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences Auburn University, USA has 38 years of experience in the area of Aquaculture and Fisheries Genetics. His areas of expertise include quantitative genetics and selective breeding, genetic biotechnology, genetic engineering, genomics, population genetics, aquaculture and reproduction. He has directed research projects and served on review teams and panels in a multitude of countries. Rex has published more than 300 scholarly works, including 159 peer reviewed journal articles as well as refereed symposium papers, book chapters and major reports. Rex has won numerous research awards and recognitions, and has served as the President of the International Association of Genetics in Aquaculture during 2009-2012. He has considerable experience in assisting in the transfer and utilization of improved fish germplasm in developed and developing countries, and his research on genetics, selection and reproduction of catfish and hybrid catfish has been widely applied in the US catfish industry. Rex served on the Board of Trustees, GIFT (Genetic Improvement of Farmed Tilapia) Foundation International, Philippines and led the final stages of the GIFT project.

Paolo Ajmone Marsan

Evaluation Team Member

Paolo Ajmone Marsan is Full Professor of Animal Breeding and Biotechnology and Director of the Institute of Zootechnics and of the Proteomics and Nutrigenomics Research Center – PRONUTRIGEN of the Università Cattolica del S. Cuore, in Piacenza. In his career he has been Research Fellow for seven years at the Experimental Institute for Cereal Crops, in Bergamo and visiting scientist at Applied Biosystems Inc. in Foster City, California, Keygene N.V. in Wageningen, The Netherlands and Escagenetics Corporation, S. Carlos, California, USA. He participated in several national and international research projects on the use of molecular genetics in animal breeding and biodiversity, twice as coordinator of EU Consortia.

Julie Fitzpatrick

Evaluation Team Member

Julie Fitzpatrick is the Scientific Director of the Moredun Research Institute and Chief Executive of the Moredun Foundation. She also holds a Chair in Food Security in the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow. Professor Fitzpatrick’s research interests focus on livestock health and disease in the UK and in developing countries. Professor Fitzpatrick is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Research Committee and is also Vice-Chair of the Board of GALVmed, a public private partnership focusing on supporting the development of biologicals and therapeutics for orphan diseases in developing countries. She is also a member of the BBSRC’S Food Security Strategic Advisory Panel and of The Wellcome Trusts’ Veterinary Fellowship Panel. In 2003 she was awarded the G Norman Hall Medal for research into animal diseases by the RCVS Trust.