International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Announces Research Fellowships to Enhance Forage Grasses in Africa

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is thrilled to unveil four research fellowships under its Feeds and Forage Development (FFD) program. These prestigious fellowships present a unique opportunity for enthusiastic researchers to revolutionize forage grass improvement in Africa using state-of-the-art genomic tools.

As a distinguished One CGIAR research center, ILRI is fully committed to advancing animal agriculture research for the developing world. With a footprint spanning Kenya, Ethiopia, and 14 other locations across Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, ILRI is steadfast in its mission to bolster food and nutritional security while alleviating poverty through sustainable, efficient, and safe livestock practices.

The FFD program centers on enhancing the quantity and quality of feed resources to augment livestock productivity and meet the growing demand for animal-sourced food. This initiative seeks to bolster profitability by reducing feed costs, generating more income and employment opportunities, especially for women along the feed/fodder value chains, and mitigating the environmental impact of feed production.

The chosen research fellows will join ILRI's vibrant and diverse workforce, comprising approximately 630 staff members representing over 40 nationalities. Emphasizing partnership and collaboration, ILRI works in close alliance with research and development institutions worldwide to tackle challenges facing the livestock sector in developing nations.

Applicants for these fellowships should hold an MSc degree in Plant Science, Biological Sciences, or a related field. For MSc graduates, the degree should have been earned within the last ten years, while PhD graduates are eligible if their graduation date falls within the past five years, excluding maternity/paternity leave periods. The fellowships will span 18 months.

The selected candidates will have the opportunity to conduct groundbreaking research at ILRI's headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a thriving hub of scientific excellence. They will collaborate with renowned experts in the field of animal agriculture and harness cutting-edge genomic tools to improve forage grasses, thereby contributing to enhanced livestock productivity, reduced feed costs, and a more sustainable livestock sector.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications by the deadline of July 31st, 2023.

Article by Jed Mwangi