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Dr. Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute. Photo by: Paul Karaimu / ILRI / CC BY-NC-SA

The livestock sector plays a significant role in development, but Dr. Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute, says this is not reflected in official development assistance — which contributes less than 0.25 percent to livestock.

Smith visited Australia between April 3 and April 7, as the last leg of a global trip that included stops in the United Kingdom and United States. In each country, he pushed for greater ODA toward livestock sectors in the developing world.

During his stay, Smith discussed his thoughts with Devex. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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