Small Ruminant Consultant wanted by ILRI in Ethiopia to develop "Integrated herd health intervention (i.e., vaccination, deworming, treatment and awareness creation campaigns) to reduce the impact of small ruminants’ diseases"
The Position: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is looking to hire a Consultant in Animal and Human Health program.
General: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centers dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org.
Background: Integrated herd health intervention (i.e., vaccination, deworming, treatment and awareness creation campaigns) is preferable to reduce the impact of small ruminants’ diseases since fragmented individual interventions of animal health challenges may not be able to generate sufficient benefits to increase production and productivity. On the other hand, dealing with individual problems might have a small impact, or the impacts might not last long and could also be more expensive to implement.
It is known that when farmers participate in defining approaches toward the control and prevention of small ruminant diseases, the results are directly applicable to their own experience and lead to significant improvements in productivity and promote lasting behavior change. The activities in this project focus on small holder farmers who use communal grazing lands and are intended to be undertaken with full engagement of farmers and other stakeholders with a vision to ensure that interventions continue beyond the duration of the project.
The project is being implemented in four small ruminants value chain sites: Menz, Bonga, Doyogena and Sekota – Abergelle.
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