(C) ILRI 2011 - Dr James W. SmithJimmy Smith moves from World Bank to ILRI Kenya

April 2011. Jimmy W. Smith, livestock advisor at World Bank headquarters Washington D.C. (US) has been appointed the new director general designate of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) at Nairobi (KE). The institute’s board chair Knut Hove said that Dr Smith is intimately familiar with CGIAR’s reform process and will have to “open up new partnerships for pro-poor livestock research”.

Born in Guyana, in the Caribbean, where he was raised on a small mixed crop-and-livestock farm, Smith holds dual nationalities with Canada. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois, at Urban-Champaign, USA, where he completed hid PhD in animal sciences. At World Bank, Washington, DC, he currently leads the Bank’s Global Livestock Portfolio. Earlier in his career, Smith served for ten years at ILRI and its predecessor, the International Livestock Centre for Africa (ILCA) (1991–2001). At the time Smith was the institute’s regional representative for West Africa, where he led development of integrated research promoting smallholder livelihoods through animal agriculture and built effective partnerships among stakeholders in the region. At ILRI, Smith spent three years leading the ILRI-led System wide Livestock Programme of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), an association of 10 CGIAR centres working on issues at the crop-livestock interface. Since leaving his decade of work at ILCA/ILRI and the CGIAR, Smith has continued playing a major role in supporting international livestock for development in terms of both funding and strategizing. Before joining the World Bank, where he has served for five years, Smith held senior positions at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) (2001-2006) and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) (1986–1991). Source: ILRI

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