The Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH) had a double celebration today (Friday 27 September 2019) as it celebrated the achievements made in the first five years of its existence and the signing of a collaborative framework agreement (CFA) between its founding partners to underpin its future for the next five years.
At an informal celebratory event held at The Roslin Institute today, collaborating researchers from Roslin, SRUC and ILRI celebrated the fifth Birthday of CTLGH and the heads of the three founding Institutes signed a new Collaborative Framework Agreement, which will support the work of the Centre for the next five years.
With research nodes in the UK, Kenya and Ethiopia, CTLGH is a flagship livestock research and development centre with the mission to enhance food security in low- and middle- income countries via increased productivity, adaptability and sustainability of livestock in tropical production systems through genetic improvement.
The Centre’s focus is to mobilize the scientific advances in genetics and genomics that have led to substantial gains in temperate livestock productivity and apply these to improve livestock productivity in tropical environments, for the benefit of smallholder livestock farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Centre is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the UK UK Department for International Development (DFID), the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA).
Today’s informal celebratory event was held at the end of a week of meetings in Edinburgh where scientists from CTLGH’s three nodes met to share the research advances they have made in the last twelve months with the Centres researchers, collaborators, management, funders and International Advisory Committee. The week also included a series of planning meetings to review CTLGH’s progress, identify future opportunities and set the stage for the Centre’s long-term strategy.
Speaking at the event today Professor Eleanor Riley, Director of the Roslin Institute, commented: “We are delighted with the significant progress that CTLGH has made since it was established in 2014. This includes the delivery of ground-breaking scientific programmes that will define and position the Centre as an innovative global research and development partnership.”
Professor Wayne Powell, Principal and Chief Executive of SRUC added: “We are determined to ensure that the Centre will continue to leverage many years of innovations that our respective institutions and other key partners have developed, to help strengthen livestock development globally.”
Dr Jimmy Smith, Director General of ILRI was keen to highlight the advantages of collaborative working. He said: “Strategically CTLGH research is positioned for discovery. However, by establishing strong collaborations with industry and farmer facing programmes and institutions, the research generated by CTLGH can be translated, adopted and applied in the field for the direct benefit of livestock producers.”
To mark this exciting milestone, CTLGH has also launched its ‘Five Year Highlights’: a publication which promotes some of the many research achievements that the Centre’s scientists have made over the last five years and the collaborations and partnerships that have been established.
Professor Appolinaire Djikeng, Director of CTLGH commented: “This week has been a great opportunity to celebrate CTLGH’s unique and world class achievements over the last five years and plan for the future.
“The Centre is indebted to the support and continued commitment of its programme leaders, scientists, students, generous funders, collaborators and dedicated advisors and Principals.”
You can download a free copy of the CTLGH highlights document here.