In developing countries, lack of accurate information on the diversity and status of existing farm animal genetic resources is believed to exacerbate the alarming rate of
irreversible loss of genetic diversity. Such losses reduce opportunities to improve food security, alleviate poverty and attain sustainable agricultural practices.
DAGRIS (http://dagris.ilri.cgiar.org) is an electronic source of systematic information on indigenous farm animal genetic resources. Initial development of the system focused on three priority farm animal species in Africa – cattle, sheep and goats. It was subsequently expanded to include other livestock species (chicken, pigs, buffalo and yak) and developing countries in Africa and Asia.
On 9 and 10 November 2011, the ILRI Board of Trustees hosts a 2-day ‘liveSTOCK Exchange’ to discuss and reflect on livestock research for development. The event will synthesize sector and ILRI learning and help frame future livestock research for development directions.