Eliza Smith, AYAD, 2013-2014
Eliza worked across two CGIAR research programs at ILRI (Agriculture for Nutrition and Health and Livestock and Fish) as a livestock research officer.
She worked primarily with smallholder pig farmers and value chain stakeholders in Uganda where she was involved in two main research areas; 1) emerging and underreported infectious diseases of production and public health significance in pigs and 2) improvement of pig nutrition and food safety in the value chain.
Her activities involved developing a risk map for the potential association of Ebola virus emergence with smallholder pig farming and participating in a large scale biological sampling activity in the Kamuli region of Uganda.
A veterinarian by training, she also helped oversee the health and welfare of a large village based pig feed trial (of both commercially and locally available feeds) in Masaka.
She also supported the early development phase of a biogas unit in a central pig abattoir in Kampala which served to improve significant public health concerns and produce a much needed cheap source of energy for lighting, heating and refrigeration.
The experience has inspired a career in global sustainable agricultural development.