LD4D Network Meetings 2023

Discover new tools, share your innovations, and help shape our future work.

We welcomed over 120 LD4D members to our annual virtual meetings, which took place on 14 and 16 November 2023. The meetings brought together our global network of livestock data practitioners to

  • Discuss and share new strategies and tools for supporting livestock decision-making
  • Learn about the new LD4D Solution Groups which will work to address decision-makers’ specific data needs;
  • Meet other people working on similar livestock data and decision-making challenges;
  • Share their work in the Share Fair

LD4D Strategy Update

The Secretariat and Steering Committee shared the updated LD4D approach for addressing decision makers' data needs.  


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0:14 Welcome from the Steering Committee - Andrew Bisson (LD4D Steering Committee Chair)
3:21 LD4D Network overview - Karen Smyth (Director, SEBI-Livestock)
10:00 LD4D Solutions Groups - Ana Miranda (LD4D Development Manager)
13:10 Introducing the Climate Finance Solutions Group - Gareth Salmon (SEBI-Livestock)

Products showcase

This session highlighted four LD4D tools and dashboards that can support better decision-making, and sought community feedback on how to improve them.

Tools demonstrated 

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1:40 Livestock population trends 

5:22 Livestock project portal 

7:20 Environmental assessment tools for agro-ecosystems 

10:39 Guide to understanding livestock decision makers' data needs

Guest Speaker: Chris Janssen

"Unlocking the Power of AI: Transforming Advisory Services in Frontier Markets"

Chris Janssen, social innovator and founder, eLengo Academy

Join Chris as he unveils the potential that large language models like ChatGPT can have in revolutionizing farmer advisory services and data interaction.

Chris Janssen is a passionate social innovator and small-scale farmer with two successful enterprises under his belt. Through eLengo, he's digitally empowered and trained over 30,000 farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. He's now intently focused on tailoring AI tools to provide precise, scalable advice for small-scale farmers in frontier markets.

Guest Speaker: Mario Herrero

Prof Mario Herrero, Cornell University

Livestock methane: data challenges, misconceptions and solutions

Methane emissions from livestock are a hot topic, but poor data presents a barrier for reducing emissions from this sector. Prof Herrero will share insights from his work with the Expert Panel on Livestock Methane, and highlight ways to improve measurements, close data gaps, and support better informed decision-making.

Mario Herrero is a professor at the department of Global Development at Cornell University, where he leads the Food Systems & Global Change programme. His work focuses on food systems and the environment, climate mitigation and adaptation, livestock systems, true cost of food, sustainability metrics, and healthy and sustainable diets. 

Share Fair: discover innovations from our members

During the Share Fair, members presented examples and good practice of using data to support decision-making in the livestock sector.

Emma Alegi, UN Food and Agriculture Organization

Using data to close gender gaps in animal health

Emma Alegi is a gender specialist with the FAO since 2021. Her work focuses on developing gender-responsive approaches to animal health service delivery and training for frontline animal health workers. She has a master's degree in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.

Ireti Balogun, AbacusBio International Limited

Dtreo: Empowering data-driven decisions to grow resources for a more sustainable world

Dr Ireti Balogun is an applied plant and animal breeding consultant at AbacusBio International Limited. Her expertise is in the development of data/ information programs and genetic improvement technologies for sustainable food production. She has extensive experience working with multidisciplinary teams aiming to improve food security in smallholder farming settings.

Mahesh Chander, Indian Veterinary Research Institute

Bundled Socio-technical Innovations (STIBs) for Women’s Resilience and Empowerment through Livestock

Dr Mahesh Chander is Principal Scientist with over 30 years of experience at ICAR- Indian Veterinary Research Institute, responsible for teaching, conducting livestock extension research, training and providing outreach services to livestock farmers & field extension personnel. Currently, involved with a collaborative research project with IRRI, supported by CGIAR Gender Impact Platform HER+.

Holly Hufnagel, UN Food and Agriculture Organization

Measuring impact from training of animal health service providers

Holly Hufnagel is a Project Coordinator for Sustainable Business in Animal Health Service Provision at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. Holly is a veterinarian and holds a MSc in Agricultural Economics. She joined FAO in 2021 to coordinate the project “Sustainable Business in Animal health service provision through training for veterinary paraprofessionals.” Prior to this she worked for a consulting company in Germany, managing a portfolio of projects focussing on livestock and agricultural development in francophone Africa. She has expertise in developing and managing public-private partnerships and facilitating multi-stakeholder processes.

Morgan Jeannin, World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH)

ANIMUSE global database: curbing antimicrobial resistance with data

Dr. Morgan Jeannin is a Program manager at the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH). Dr. Jeannin is a veterinarian with expertise in Pharmacological Sciences, within the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH), he empowers countries to combat antimicrobial resistance and leads the development of ANIMUSE, WOAH’s ANImal antiMicrobial USE Global Database. 

Selam Abraham Kassa, Development Gateway: an IREX Venture

A Livestock Information System (aLIVE) Program in Ethiopia

Selam Abraham Kassa (PhD) is a Senior Associate at Development Gateway: an IREX Venture. She is the Legal and Governance Advisor for the aLIVE Program which is being implemented in collaboration with the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Jaco Kasselman, Clindata

Animal Health Data Standardisation 

Jaco Kasselman serves as the Vice President of Data Management and Analysis Operations at Clindata, a partner company of Clinglobal. With over 20 years immersed in the clinical research domain, he bring a wealth of experience and specialized knowledge in all scientific and research facets, particularly in animal health data sciences. His role involves driving innovation and ensuring operational excellence in Clindata endeavours.   

Jennifer Lasley, World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH)

Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS) information system

Jennifer Lasley is a Senior Programme Coordinator, World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH)

Isla MacVicar, Researcher, SEBI-Livestock

A Database of Livestock Databases

Isla joined the SEBI-Livestock team as a University of Glasgow graduate in 2019, with a BSc (Hons) in Veterinary Bioscience and an MSc in Biomedical Sciences. Isla is currently involved in the development of the livestock evidence base. She has a keen interest in evidence synthesis methodologies, animal health and veterinary science, data analysis and gender dimensions in the livestock sector. 

Séga Ndao, Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases

How to prioritize data collection for livestock GHG inventory in Africa?    

Séga Ndao supports the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Research Centre (NZAGRC) to implement a GHG inventory improvement programme in West and Central Africa, with a particular focus on livestock GHG emissions reporting and mitigation. Séga also dedicates time to help with the translation of the research actions into national livestock GHG inventories and connecting to the wider activities of the NZAGRC.    

Danielle Niedermaier, Land O'Lakes Venture37   

Measuring methane emissions on smallholder dairy farms

Danielle Niedermaier is Senior Manager, Global Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning at Land O'Lakes Venture37. Danielle has 15 years of global development experience across 18 countries in livestock, dairy, private sector engagement, and women’s empowerment. Danielle served as a sustainable agriculture Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal and holds a master’s degree from Cornell University.   

Gaspar Avedano Perez, World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH)

The Observatory: Monitoring the implementation of WOAH standards

Dr Gaspar Avendano Perez is the former Technical Coordinator of the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) Observatory.

Shauna Richards, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Metrics for Smallholder Dairy Cow Welfare in Kenya

Shauna Richards,  DVM PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the International Livestock Research Institute. Shauna is a veterinary epidemiologist with interests in the complex interplay of animal, human, and environmental health, and the relationship and impact this interplay has on zoonotic diseases and animal welfare. She has previously worked on productivity and welfare of dairy cows in Kenya, Rabies and One Health in Canada, African Animal Trypanosomiasis and AMR in Tanzania, and currently works on Capacitating One Health in 12 countries across Eastern and Southern Africa.

Tahreem Sajjad, Pakistan Dairy Development Center (PDDC)

Using and improving data and evidence to support dairy professionals in Pakistan

Tareem Sajjad is a veterinarian passionate about promoting evidence-based practices in livestock management. She is a Master Trainer at the Pakistan Dairy Development Center (PDDC), where she conducts training sessions with dairy professionals.

Lindsey Sloat, World Resources Institute

Global Pasture Watch: Mapping and monitoring global grasslands and livestock      

Lindsey Sloat is a Research Associate at the World Resources Institute.

Paolo Tizzani, World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH)   

WOAH Epidemic Intelligence Activity

Paolo Tizzani is a Senior Veterinary Epidemiologist at the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH)