The International Livestock Research Institute has named Jimmy Smith as its new director-general. The Guyanese-Canadian will succeed Carlos Seré and is expected to assume his new role in six months.

ILRI is one of the 15 research centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, a global partnership that aims to promote sustainable development through high-quality agricultural research.

Smith is currently a livestock adviser at the World Bank. Prior to that, he held senior posts at the Canadian International Development Agency and Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute and led CGIAR’s Systemwide Livestock Program.

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