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Virtual General Meeting (VGM) 2020

This meeting coincided with the conclusion of Phase I, based on the five-year award from USAID, and the beginning of Phase II, a five-year extension phase starting on October 1, 2020. It was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • September 28-30, 2020

About the Meeting

The vision of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems is to sustainably intensify smallholder livestock systems in order to improve human nutrition, health, and incomes. General meetings are held annually for the Principal Investigators (PIs), Co-PIs, members of the External Advisory Board (EAB), leaders of the Areas of Inquiry (AOI) and Cross Cutting Themes (CCT), as well as members of the Management Entity (ME).


  • Identify and clearly articulate broader Phase I accomplishments
  • Share research findings and identify research gaps
  • Discuss lessons learned
  • Provide an outlook on Phase II


Monday, September 28: Celebrating our achievements & ​thematic lens (looking back)

7:45-8:45 AM: Celebrating our achievements (PDF), by Saskia Hendrickx and Gbola Adesogan

8:45-10:25 AM: Insights by theme, breakout sessions

Breakout sessions

A. Animal Nutrition and Management       
Chair: Dr. Asamoah Larbi
Host: Dr. Geoff Dahl
Support: Dr. Mulu Beleghen                                     
B. Animal Health  Chair: Dr. Rob Readnour
Host: Dr. Jorge Hernandez
Support: Dr. Zeleke Mekuriaw
C. ASF Markets and Marketing   Chair: Ms. Kristen MacNaughtan
Host: Dr. Conner Mullally
Support: Dr. V. Padma 
D. Feed and Food Safety   Chair: Dr. Harinder Makkar
Host: Ms. Saskia Hendrickx
Support: Dr. Moctar Karimou 
E. Human Health and Nutrition  Chair: Ms. Ladd
Host: Dr. Sarah McKune
Support: Dr. Isidore Gnanda 
F. FLS (Modeling & Scenarios)  Chair: Dr. Michael Jacobs
Host: Dr. Greg Kiker
Support: Mr. Joel Paras 
G. Gender and/or Youth  Chair: Dr. Joyce Turk
Host: Dr. Kathy Colverson
Support: Dr. Erica Odera 
H. HICD  Chair: Mr. Tyrell Kahan
Host: Dr. Sandra Russo
Support: Dr. Nargiza Ludgate 
I. Enabling Livestock Policies Chair: Dr. Iain Wright
Host: Dr. Renata Serra
Support: Ms. Lacey Harris-Coble

Tuesday, September 29: Country lens​ (looking back & looking forward)

8:15  - 8:45 AM: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

8:45 - 9:55 AM: Country Sessions

Breakout SessionsHosts
Burkina Faso and Niger  Chair: Dr. Asamoah Larbi
Host: Dr. Moctar Karimou, Dr. Isidore Gnanda
Support (and backup): Mr. Damien Chevaillier                              
Cambodia Chair: Dr. Rob Readnour
Host: Dr. Kathy Colverson
Support: Mr. Joel Paras


Chair: Dr. Michael Jacobs
Host: Dr. Zeleke Mekuriaw
Support (and backup): Dr. Erica Odera
Nepal  Chair: Dr. Iain Wright
Host: Dr. V. Padma (backup: Ms. Lacey Harris-Coble)
Support: Dr. Sebastian Galindo
Rwanda  Chair: Ms. Ladd
Host: Dr. Nargiza Ludgate
Support: Ms. Hannah Salvesen

Wednesday, September 30: Outlook ​(looking forward)

8:15 - 9:00 AM: Lessons Learned

Lessons learned topics​ Leader
Collaborating with the overall aim in mind  Saskia Hendrickx
Engaging with stakeholders successfully Sandra Russo
Sharing  knowledge effectively Jim Harper
Enabling scaling V. Padmakumar 
Partnering with extension Sebastian Galindo
Engaging with the private sector Gbola Adesogan
Making good use of Piestar Erica Odera
“I wish I had known …”  Kathy Colverson

9:00 - 9:30: Open space sessions

Future research opportunities Saskia Hendrickx 
Contribution analysis Sebastian Galindo and Erica Odera
Other topics TBD  

9:40 AM: Keynote Adress: Livestock Systems Innovation Lab: The Journey Continues (PDF), Dr. Gbola Adesogan

10:25 AM: Phase 2 outline, by Gbola Adesogan, Andrea Bohn and Saskia Hendrickx

VGM Reflections

Photo album: Hover over photo and select right arrow to advance. All available on Flickr:


Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems is part of Feed the Future

This work was funded in whole or part by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Resilience, Environment and Food Security under Agreement # AID-OAA-L-15-00003 as part of Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems. Additional funding was received from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation OPP#060115.  Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here are those of the authors alone.