Professor Appolinaire Djikeng, Director of the Centre of Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH) has taken part in a round table discussion with leading UK politicians to discuss how UK R&D can help tackle climate change.
The private round table event was organised by the Coalition for Global Prosperity in partnership with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and brought together parliamentarians and leading UK scientists ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) being held in the UK later this year.
The event explored how Britain’s R&D efforts can support the development of global sustainable agriculture systems that effectively combat the impact of climate change and also support the training of the next generation of innovators in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
The event was attended by The Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP UK International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26 Presidency, Tim Loughton MP, Saqib Bhatti MP and Bim Afolami MP and other high profile Members of Parliament and scientific figures.
During the meeting, the group discussed how can the UK can support the development of resilient global food supply chains, explored evidence-based responses to global adaptation needs and discussed research gaps and prioritised interventions that could be addressed by action at COP 26.
Professor Djikeng was delighted to be invited to participate in this event and highlights some of the research being conducted by CTLGH and its partners and how it contributes to the development of low-carbon, efficient and sustainable tropical livestock production systems.
He commented: “The research of CTLGH and its partners builds on the UK’s excellent R&D work to improve global productivity and efficiency of livestock. Applying these innovations in low- and middle-income countries is key to ensure adaptation and to mitigate the impact of climate change.”
You can read a report from the event on the Coalition for Global Prosperity website
**CTLGH receives funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), the UK Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council (BBSRC) and Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA)**