Next Meeting LD4D!

We are busy making plans for our next LD4D community of practice meeting.  We plan to hold the meeting at ILRI in Nairobi, Kenya in February 2018.  We are proposing 2 dates – either the week commencing 5th February 2018 or the Week commencing 19th February 2018.

Please complete the doodle poll below by Monday 25th September 2017 indicating your preferred date.


Under Construction!

In response to the LD4D meeting, the Secretariat has plans afoot to make considerable improvements to all aspects of its communication. We intend to revamp the website, develop media and communication tools and bring in specialist support. Please bear with us while we put our plans into action

CGIAR – Platform for Big Data in Agriculture

Karen Smyth – SEBI Deputy Director will represent LD4D at the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture Convention in 19-22 September 2017.  This activity emerged from the LD4D meeting in June 2017. A position paper on LD4D and its data related activities was prepared and will be presented to the Big Data in Agriculture Steering Committee for consideration. It is hoped that this will result in LD4D playing a prominent role in this community.  More to follow!

Livestock Key Facts

The livestock facts project aims to ensure that facts relevant to livestock sector are up-to-date and robust. The LD4D livestock facts working group have joined forces with the GLAD livestock advocacy project and FAO to assess and review key livestock facts with the goal of creating a credible and reliable platform for fact checking and sharing. The livestock facts will likely be hosted on the new SEBI ‘’ website, all facts will be peer reviewed and full reference material will be supplied.  The livestock facts will offer an open-access resource, with downloadable data and graphics.  Louise Donnison (SEBI Data Analyst) will represent LD4D at a joint LD4D, GLAD and FAO meeting at ILRI, Nairobi planned for October 2017.


LD4D Dairy Sector Demand Study in Ethiopia

The LD4D demand study working group has commissioned a pilot study into the data information needs of local stakeholders with an interest in livestock productivity and mortality in the dairy sector in Ethiopia.  The LD4D demand study working group will provide support in identifying key stakeholders and suitable study sites in Ethiopia. The objective of this study is to ensure that future livestock models and analytics are better targeted to stakeholder needs.

Four consultants have been invited to submit tenders for the work. Review of tenders will begin shortly with a view to commissioning the study by early October.

LD4D demand study working group comprises Tim Robinson (FAO), Mario Herrero (CSIRO), Neil Gammon (GalvMED), Dolapo Enahoro (ILRI), Stan Wood (BMGF), Alan Duncan (ILRI/SEBI), Darren Watt (Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security, University of Edinburgh) and Karen Smyth (SEBI)

Edinburgh 20-23 June 2017

LD4D – Developing the Community

The Livestock Data for Decision (LD4D) community of practice held its first dedicated meeting in June 2017 in Edinburgh.

This meeting was designed around the needs of the community and focused on ensuring that LD4D outputs brought benefits to each member. A lively 2.5 day meeting resulted in a clear list of tasks for LD4D and a refocusing of the community away from the creation of a LD4D database toward a data portal and knowledge platform. The next LD4D meeting is planned for Feb 2018.

You can view the minutes and presentations below.  The password for the links is LD4D (all uppercase).

LD4D Minutes Final 25.07.17



Rome 26-27 January 2017

The core team of the Supporting Evidence-Based Interventions project met with a range of global livestock research for development stakeholders in Rome on 25-26 January 2017. The meeting served to launch the SEBI project but also to think through the options for establishing a Community of Practice for the global livestock data community.

Some highlights of the meeting: Continue reading