Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Adapting Livestock Systems to Climate Change
This report evaluates Feed the Future’s Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Adapting Livestock Systems to Climate Change. The lab’s aim is to increase resilience and augment the income of livestock producers in regions where agricultural systems are changing, available resources are shrinking, and climate is having an impact.
Led by Colorado State University, it is one of the few operational global research programs on livestock and climate change.
It lists seven achievements: seed grant projects; long-term research projects; Targeted Investment in Research Infrastructure (TIRI) scholars and workshops for them; graduate fellows; principal investigator work in group meetings; and communication and dissemination.
It notes that the lab launched a set of research projects and capacity development initiatives but also lists some areas for improvement, such as developing a stronger monitoring and evaluation framework and giving its advisory board a bigger role in guiding programs.
The evaluation lists recommendations for the program’s future work for Phases 1 and 2, including areas for urgent attention. These encompass program leadership and advisors, database collection, research, and expenditures.