LD4D meeting, Rome, 4-6 February 2020


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The 2020 LD4D Community of Practice meeting was hosted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome from the 4-6th of February. There was a special focus on “making the most of FAO’s livestock data”. 

Meeting objectives

  • Identify strategies to improve data generation and use in our livestock initiatives with a view to strengthening impact. This will be done by addressing four key questions:
  1. How do we use data to plan future livestock initiatives?
  2. How do we track changes in the livestock sector over time?
  3. How can technology applications support livestock health and productivity in LMICs?
  4. How do we measure our impact?  
  • Share progress made by LD4D working groups, gather feedback, develop future workplans for the community.
  • Offer LD4D members a platform to share new concepts and innovations, and to network.


Day 1 – Tuesday 4 February

08:30 Coffee
09:00 Welcome & introductions

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Mr Berhe G. Tekola, Director. Animal Production and Animal Health Division, FAO
Prof Andy Peters, Director, SEBI
Belinda Richardson, BMGF
Karen Smyth, SEBI

Icebreaker – getting to know our members

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10:30 Coffee

Session 1: Looking into the livestock crystal ball

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Speakers will present their insights into future livestock trends (increased demand for meat, climate change impacts on food production, etc) and present key opportunities and challenges for the livestock sector.

A review of global livestock models and predicted trends – Mario Herrero (CSIRO)
African Sustainable Livestock 2050 – Ugo Pica Ciamarra (FAO)
Forecasting market potential for the animal health markets in Africa Luc Dumand (consultant)/Obai Khalifa (BMGF)
Emerging and future challenges for livestock disease Claudia Pittiglio (FAO)

Session facilitator: Di Mayberry (CSIRO)
Session reporter: Lisa Boden (GAFFS)

12:30 Lunch
13:30 Chat show – introducing new members of LD4D
13:45 Demonstration of livestockdata.org

Breakout discussions: LD4D Working group and related initiatives

Livestock ontologies
Understanding market potential

The future of food and agriculture: holistic scenarios and data requirements for livestock

16:00 Coffee
16:15 Working groups feedback
17:00 Wrap up

Day 2 – Wednesday 5 February

08:30 Coffee
09:00 Welcome, overnight thoughts and reporting back from Day 1
09:30 Session 2: Tracking change over time – opportunities and improvements to longitudinal datasets
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Longitudinal datasets provides valuable insights to changes over time at a national level. This session will consider which longitudinal datasets are currently available, how they contribute to knowledge in the sector, and their limitation. We will discuss how these datasets can be used to help provide the LD4D community with insights.

FAOSTAT Irina Kovrova and Salar Tayyib (FAO))
Data to end hunger: the 50×2030 initiative using LSMS and AGRIS Neli Georgieva (FAO)
RuLIS – Rural Livelihoods Information System Piero Conforti (FAO)
EMPRES-I – Focus on African Swine Fever Fairouz Larfaoui (FAO)
The World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS) Paolo Tizzani (OIE)

Session facilitator: Tim Robinson (FAO)
Session reporter: Esther Kamau (CTLGH)
10:30 Session 3a: Data solutions and innovations introduction
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IoT and the dairy value chain in India – Venkatesh Seshasayee, Chief Architect, Stellapps
10:50 Coffee
11:15 Session 3b: Data solutions and innovations cattle mart
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How are technology applications supporting livestock health and productivity in LMICs? This dynamic and interactive session will showcase well-established solutions as well as new and emerging tech that support value chains and research in the livestock sector.
12:30 Lunch

Session 3b: Data solutions and innovations cattle mart download session slides

Herd 1 Herd 2 Herd 3
MPA – the Market Profiling Application – Ryan Aguanno (FAO) Digital platforms supporting African Dairy Genetic Gains – Julie Ojango (ILRI) EMA-i – The Event Mobile Application (EMA-i) to strengthen animal diseases reporting, surveillance and early warning – Asma Saidouni (FAO)
Tech Transformation of Livestock Industry in Nigeria – Adebayo Sopeju (Livestock 24/7) Guidelines for the Enumeration of Nomadic Livestock – Ugo Pica-Ciamarra (FAO) New methods to downscale livestock census data: from country to farm – Marius Gilbert, (ULB)
Dtreo: Farm-level data recording in LMICs – Bruno Santos (AbacusBio) Natural language processing: using informatics to address livestock data challenges – Seraphina Goldfarb Tarrant and Alexander Robertson (Bayes Centre) Blockchain for pig sector in Vietnam – Erik Árokszállási (TE-Food)
LabCards application for veterinarians – Tetiana Miroshnychenko (Zoetis) Real-time data collection on artificial insemination interventions – Yuvraj Gaundare (BAIF) Digital innovations for livestock enterprise in Africa – Odede Ochieng (SIDAI)
13:30 Chat show – introducing new members of LD4D
13:45 Session 4: Have we future proofed the livestock sector?
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Producers and other actors are making significant investments in livestock farming systems and value chains. How should we plan investments that safeguard sustainable livestock development now and in the future? How should targets be set for this sector, and how do we balance future needs?

Reflections on sectors progress in bringing about necessary changes – Mario Herrero (CSIRO)
Scaling up: How do we bring about meaningful change in this sector? – Tim Byrne (Abacus Bio)
Target setting for Livestock Master Plans – challenges and opportunities – Sirak Bahta (ILRI)
Tools for future livestock planning – Tim Robinson (FAO) 
Reflections from the donor perspective – BMGF, DFID, USAID, Abdul Latif Jameel Foundation

Session facilitator: Michael Victor (ILRI)
Session reporter: Anni McLeod (LTSi)
15:00 Coffee
15:15 Breakout discussions: LD4D Working group and related initiatives

Natural language processing – using informatics to address livestock data challenges
Evidence for advocacy GLAD and Livestock Facts

Setting targets
Data quality
Pastoralist data
17:00 Wrap up

Day 3 – Thursday 6 February

08:30 Coffee
09:00 Welcome, overnight thoughts and reporting back from Day 2
09:30 Chat show – introducing new members
09:45 Working groups feedback
10:00 Coffee
10:30 Session 5: What impact language do you speak?
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Presenters will share experiences measuring impact at different scales, including what methods and data they use to measure impact, and the robustness of those measurements. The community will be invited to provide feedback and propose areas for improvement.

Project level – measuring impact of activities on the ground for livestock health – Neil Gammon (GALVmed)
Portfolio level – measuring impact of investments – Andrew Bisson (USAID) and Belinda Richardson (BMGF)
National level – Measuring Livestock Mortality Rates – Giles Innocent (BioSS)
Sector level – Tracking progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – Roswitha Baumung (FAO)

Session facilitator: Andy Peters (SEBI)
Session reporter: Julie Ojango (ILRI)
12:00 Actions from the meeting, next steps and evaluation


Lunch & Close



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