Feed The Future Innovation Lab for Animal Health
The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Animal Health (AHIL) is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Resilience and Food Security.
The goal is to improve human nutrition, economic welfare, and resilience by developing and improving vaccines and diagnostics for East Coast fever (ECF) – a top killer disease in East, Central and Southern Africa.
The project is based in Kenya and is led by the Washington State University. AHIL is a collaborative program with the University of Nairobi, the International Research Institute, the Kenya Medical Research Institute, and the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization.
The Feed The Future Innovation lab for Animal Health is a carefully thought collaboration that will combine good laboratory or bench science merged with excellent field studies to improve uptake of animal health interventions and deliberate measures of impact on the nutritional status of women and children, income of families and opportunities to improve the lives of livestock keepers.
The programme will identify interventions to reduce livestock diseases, particularly the deadly cattle disease known as East Coast fever and further develop local capacity in animal health through research training and institutional development.