For people living in absolute poverty and chronic hunger, the solution is not to rid the world of livestock, but to find ways to farm animals more efficiently and more sustainably
The human need for food will eventually come to be met in the developing world, but the human appetite for diets that are rich in fish, meat and animal products may be more difficult to satisfy.
Scaling up transdisciplinary research so that a systems approach can be applied by more and more scientists could make a huge contribution to development in smallholder farming.
The master plan, which ILRI contributed to, is based on a qualitative and fact-based livestock sector model and analysis. The new plan will see improvement in Ethiopia’s poultry breeds and forages and the creation and maintenance of a livestock population database in the country.
Writing in the November 2014 issue of Rural 21, Isabelle Baltenweck argues that the growing global demand for animal products also offers poor livestock keepers the opportunity to switch from the subsistence to the market economy.
Call for Applications for a Netherlands Funded Tailor-Made Training Program initiative (TMT) for Kenya
The November 2014 issue of Rural 21 – the International Journal for Rural Development – has a special focus on livestock. The various articles have been brought together to look at both the goods and the bads of livestock.
According to the article, ‘farmers who mix growing crops with rearing livestock in both poor and developed countries, not only boost food security efforts’, but also earn much needed income in the process.