|Livestock to 2020 - The Next Food Revolution. 2020 Vision for Food, Agriculture, and the Environment. Discussion Paper 28. (IFPRI, 1999, 79 p.)|
The ambitious and multidisciplinary topic of this paper hints at the extent to which the authors had to rely on help from colleagues with a wide variety of disciplinary and geographic expertise. They are too numerous to mention individually, but several colleagues stand out because of the degree of their support for this collaborative project and the depth of their insights on previous drafts. Per Pinstrup-Andersen and Rajul Pandya-Lorch, director general and head of the 2020 Vision initiative, respectively, of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), provided an institutional framework for the project, constant encouragement, and detailed and insightful comments throughout the process. Abdoulaye Sawadogo, assistant director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), quickly recognized the value of this collaboration, discussed issues with the team, and facilitated the conditions for effective FAO participation. Hank Fitzhugh, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), consistently sought to integrate ILRIs broad strengths with respect to livestock issues in developing countries with our activities and facilitated ILRIs effective participation.
A number of formal and informal external reviewers of earlier drafts of the report greatly improved the final product. Particular mention should be made of the very detailed and helpful comments of Cees de Haan of the World Bank and Maggie Gill of Natural Resources International (U.K.) in this regard. While the technical livestock production aspects of this report, authored as it is by economists, probably still falls short of their high standards, there is no doubt that they substantially improved it over what it would have been otherwise. Catherine Geissler of Kings College, London, helped improve the nutritional insights of the report; the remaining deficiencies are entirely the responsibility of the authors. The latter would also like to express their thanks for very helpful written comments to Mercy Agcaoili-Sombilla of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Jan Slingenbergh of FAO, Steve Staal of ILRI, Claudia Ringler of IFPRI, Bob Havener of the World Food Prize Office, and Tjaart Schillhorn Van Veen of the World Bank. Finally, they would like to commend Uday Mohan, an IFPRI editor, on his cheerful and successful struggle under time pressure to turn our collectively authored, carefully hedged prose into a readable final report.