제3회 지속가능농업개발을 위한 글로벌 ODA 포럼 참여기관 인터뷰: 국제축산연구소(ILRI)
Q.Please introduce International Livestock Research Institute and explain the presentation which was introduced at the forum.
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. In East and Southeast Asia, we have the regional office in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Findings from food safety, zoonoses and One Health research by ILRI scientists were presented at the 2019 Third Global ODA Forum for Sustainable Agricultural Development - Inclusive Growth and Global Partnerships that was held 13-15 May 2019 in Seoul, South Korea.
Delia Grace, (joint) program leader of ILRI’s Animal and Human Health program and leader of the food safety flagship in the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) gave a presentation on food safety and zoonoses. She highlighted the role of improving human health and nutrition in attaining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Some ILRI key findings on zoonoses and food safety were presented and discussed for their implications in the light of SDGs. International agricultural research for development can contribute by generating evidence for development investments and by discovering and developing new products and approaches.
The roles of livestock in addressing SDGs were presented by Hung Nguyen, ILRI regional representative for East and Southeast Asia. He emphasized that SDGs now set the frame for all development work, and livestock can play critical roles in achieving many of the 17 Goals to transform the world, especially SDG1 (No poverty) and SDG2 (Zero Hunger) through 4 pathways namely economic growth, equitable livelihoods, nutrition and health and sustainable ecosystems. Recognizing the livestock roles towards SDGs will raise awareness and stimulate investments and actions to ensure the livestock sector contributions to achieving SDGs.
Hu Suk Lee, a scientist at ILRI presented the project on strengthening develop capacities for improving human and animal health in Southeast Asia using a One Health approach. The project will focus on capacity development for the government and community to prevent, control or eliminate risks to human and animal health that is a key element of sustainable agricultural development. The presentation also proposes to develop evidence-based approaches to improving human and animal health using a One Health approach.
Q. What was impressive with KREI, or ODA forum?
First of all, we really appreciate the time and efforts involved in preparing this ODA forum. Special thanks to institute KREI and organizer. Our impression was that this ODA forum was well-organized, interesting, and exciting for us. We had a strong feeling that how much Korean government has a passion for helping developing countries as well as trying to share their experience and knowledge. It was good opportunities for us to meet various people from different sectors (ministries, institutes, universities and private/public fields). We are looking forward to attending this ODA forum next year.
Q. What is future plan and how to cooperate with KREI for the project which was presented at the forum?
We had several important bilateral meetings with Korean donors. During the meetings, we were able to find common interests and how to develop/share a concreate idea with Korean donors. Especially, we presented our proposal title “strengthening develop capacities for improving human and animal health in Southeast Asia using a One Health approach”. Our impression was that ministries, pubic and private sectors had lots of interest. Our future plan is to continue developing our relationship with ministries, universities and institutes in South Korea, so that we can develop ODA programs and proposals together with them.