Dr. Harinder Makkar visited the Department of Animal Science on May 11-12, 2017. During his visit, Dr. Makkar toured the Nutrition Physiology Center and the Beef Systems Unit, and the Borlaug Institute, discussed research topics related to improving livestock production and sustainability and presented the food-feed competition and the efficiency dilemma seminar. He indicated that improving efficiency of animal food production, distribution and use as well as decreasing their consumption would be some important steps towards sustainable food production systems of the future, and that research and innovations towards use of human-inedible feeds without compromising animal production would lead to more sustainable food systems.
Dr. Makkar is an Animal Production Officer with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in the Animal Production and Health Division in Rome since 2010. Before joining FAO, he was Mercator Professor at University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany. He has published over 300 research papers and has over 16,000 citations. He obtained PhD from University of Nottingham, U.K. and Dr. Habilitation from University of Hohenheim. He has also worked at the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria for seven years. He has been awarded Honorary Professorships by Universities in China and Mongolia; and has been a fellow of Commonwealth Association, UK; Humboldt Foundation, Germany; and Japanese Society for the promotion of Science, Japan. He is on advisory boards of various projects funded by the EU and USAID and has taken part as an advisor and evaluator of work conducted by a number of national and international organizations.
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