The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems draws on the expertise of top U. S. universities and developing country research institutions through long-term multi-disciplinary, integrated, and competitively funded applied research and capacity-development efforts.
As one of the 24 Feed the Future Innovation Labs, the Livestock Systems Innovation Lab is led by the University of Florida's (UF) Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), in partnership with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). The Livestock Systems Innovation Lab is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through a Leader with Associates Cooperative Agreement Award. The duration of the current award is October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2020.
The Livestock Systems Innovation Lab is led by a Management Entity, with regional coordinators in each of the target regions as well as Area of Inquiry Team Leaders and Crosscutting Specialists at the University of Florida. The ME works with a University of Florida based Internal Advisory Committee and an External Advisory Board.
The efforts of the Livestock Systems Innovation Lab is mainly through competitive subawards. Requests for Applications have been announced for all of the six target countries. Subaward projects use innovative approaches addressing country specific research priorities identified in a participatory manner with national stakeholders. They also integrate human and institutional capacity development (HICD), gender and human health and nutrition dimensions.
The objectives of the Livestock Systems Innovation Lab are to sustainably improve livestock productivity and marketing and animal-source food consumption using appropriate improved technologies, capacity development, and policies, in order to improve the nutrition, health, incomes and livelihoods of vulnerable people.
Additional objectives include increasing the resilience of vulnerable populations; reducing the environmental impact of livestock systems; and advancing the understanding of evolving livestock systems and their roles in food security, nutrition, and health.