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Where’s the beef? Why livestock is overlooked by public and private investors

In 2014, to mark four decades of international livestock research, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) held a series of events on the ways in which livestock research advances food and nutritional security, economic well-being and healthy lives.

At the November 2014 Addis Ababa event, we asked participants to suggest reasons why livestock is overlooked by public and private investors. The suggestions fell into the following seven clusters:

  1. Livestock investors must overcome complexity
  2. Livestock investments are risky
  3. Livestock investments need time to mature
  4. Livestock investors have a limited evidence base
  5. Livestock have image problems
  6. Livestock are often invisible
  7. Crop investments are more popular

The powerpoint below gives a summary of the suggestions mentioned by participants:


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