Four scientists in the Animal Science for Sustainable Productivity (ASSP) program have joined program director Iain Wright in heading the newly established ILRI country offices.
The four are Amos Omore who will head the Tanzania country office, Danilo Pezo (Uganda), Saskia Hendrickx (Mozambique) and Mohamed Ibrahim (Pakistan). They effectively become ‘Country Representatives’ from January 1, 2014. Iain Wright’s role as the DG’s Representative and head of ILRI’s principal campus in Ethiopia, effectively makes him the country representative.
Until now, ILRI staff who are based outside of Nairobi and Addis Ababa have been working on projects and operated in the project countries only for the length of the project. The Institute now wants to strengthen its programs and presence in different regions of the world as part of its growth strategy.
Other country offices established are Nigeria (headed by Iheanacho Okike), Burkina Faso (Abdou Fall who is the regional representative for West Africa), India (Purvi Mehta who is also the regional representative for South Asia) Vietnam (Lucy Lapar), China (Xianglin Li) and Steve Staal becomes the South East Asia representative.
While making the announcement, the director general Jimmy Smith said: “This will ensure that ILRI has a mechanism for coordinating work within those countries, building partnerships, engaging with stakeholders and identifying opportunities for resource mobilization”.