The Centre of Excellence for Livestock Innovation and Business (CoELIB) has its origins in the iLINOVA (Innovation for the Livestock Industry) initiative that focused on strengthening capacity for participatory management of indigenous livestock to encourage agricultural innovation in Eastern, Southern and Western Africa. This initiative was coordinated by Egerton University in Kenya in collaboration with lead partners in the form of Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) in Malawi and Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Nigeria. One of the key tasks of this initiative was to establish a Centre of Excellence for livestock innovation and business that builds on existing capacity and fosters innovation and agri-business development. The CoELIB was officially launched in 2016 at the Inaugural World Congress on Innovation for Livestock Development.
CoELIB has its origins in successive projects that have enabled it to evolve and put in place the necessary capabilities to develop the existing science and technology foundations of Egerton University (EGU) for the benefit of selected livestock value chains in Kenya and the region. These initiatives include InCIP, DAIRYCHAIN, iLINOVA, USINKEN, VALUELEAD and DAIRYLEARN – enabling it to build the requisite infrastructure, networks, capacity building programmes and material.
CoELIB has now redefined itself and broaden its cope and simply referred to CoELIB Centre. Recently a physical location was opened in Malawi close to the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources.