Innovation for the Livestock Industry

This programme abbreviated iLINOVA is a collaborative involving Egerton University (lead), Kenya, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The programme is based on the need for creating, updating and the usage of knowledge in IL management in Kenya, Nigeria and Malawi. In the process capacity for both the scientific staff and students, policy makers and CSOs will be strengthened.

As a result, the culture and importance of ILT among the general public and the governments will be promoted. The project is designed to contribute to local and international policies on IL management and related scientific goals and priorities.

By so doing, the knowledge on innovative IL management practices will be developed to promote further innovations.


iLINOVA | Innovation for the Livestock Industry
Strengthening Capacity for Participatory Management of Indigenous Livestock to Foster Agricultural Innovation in Eastern, Southern and Western Africa.


Despite various initiatives towards the strengthening of capacity in S&T in Eastern, Southern and Western Africa to foster agricultural innovations many weaknesses and constraints exist in the efficient management of indigenous livestock (IL).

First and foremost, IL products and production resources are in a declining trend. In addition, IL is kept under low input systems where application of innovative livestock technologies (ILT) is limited by lack of knowledge and enthusiasm of stakeholders.

As a result, IL is predisposed to genetic erosion and suboptimal performance making its value chain actors, food, nutritional and income insecure hence remaining in poverty.


The capacity of scientific staff and students at the participating institutions, as well as those of enterprises (smallholder farmers, processors, traders co-operatives and extension services) and both decision and policy makers will be strengthened.

This will be through the organisation of summer schools, addressing of specific problems in the management of IL and relationship between research and industry. This will lead to enhancement of the use of appropriate Science and Technology(S&T) in the management of IL to enhance productivity.


IL contributes significantly to the livelihoods of many rural poor people. Generally IL has poor production performance even though it is adapted to the current environment.

In addition, sustainable use and conservation of IL should be participatory with support and participation of different stakeholders. In conclusion, innovation capacity for implementation of the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources of FAO relating to sustainable use, development and conservation of IL is still a challenge.


A situation analysis on the state of the art of STI on IL innovative potential, state and levels of R&D investments and relationships between research and industry will be held. On the same line a Multi-Stakeholder for a will be organized to familiarise all stakeholders in each country with the project and discuss needs and measures to improve STI related to MIL and build consensus in policy development and implementation.

Summer schools will be organized for scientific staff and students to deepen their knowledge and skills on animal breeding and genomics and reproductive technologies. Research- industry linkages will be enhanced through the establishment of research industry- civil society organisations (CSOs) linkages through joint livestock projects, internship and mentoring programmes.  

A livestock innovation and business centre will be established to build on the existing scientific capacity and foster innovation and agribusiness development. The centre will also enhance livestock innovation and business network to strengthen scientific capacities and initiate new co-operations between livestock value chain actors.

A project website will enhance the visibility of the project activities and results and facilitate exchange of experiences. Further, national symposia will be organized to share experiences and facilitate transfer of project results on enhancing the efficiency of livestock value chain.


  • Strengthened capacity of scientific staff, students, enterprises, policy makers and CSOs to create, update and use knowledge on IL management.
  • Developed knowledge on innovative IL management practices to promote further innovations.
  • Promoted culture and importance of ILT among the general public and governments.
  • Contributions to local and international policies on IL management, related scientific goals and formulated priorities.


Prof A.K Kahi is the lead scientist. He is also the Dean, Faculty of Agriculture at Egerton University. He is an accomplished professor of Animal Breeding and Genomics at Egerton University’s Department of Animal Sciences and a permanent member of International Committee of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production.

He has a wide experience in Animal Breeding and Genomics, Livestock Production Systems and their economics, Genetic Improvement, Computer Simulations, Genetic Evaluation, Experimental and Observational Quantitative Genetics and the Genetics of Indigenous Animal Resources. Prof. Kahi has played a key role

Dr. S.O.OSENI leads iLINOVA in Nigeria. He holds a PhD in Animal Breeding and Genetics and is based at the Obafemi Awolowo University’s Department of Animal Sciences. He has worked and published widely in the areas of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Livestock Biodiversity, Sustainable Livestock Production Models and Small Stock in Poverty Alleviation

Prof T.N.P Gondwe leads iLINOVA in Malawi. He is an Associate Professor at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources Department of Animal Sciences.

He has worked and published widely in the area of Animal Sciences. He has interests in using IL in the improvement of the livelihood of the local population in Malawi. He is also keen in conservation of animal genetic resources for the purposes of ensuring food security and alleviation of poverty.

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