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Climate change will have a great impact on Southern African livestock

Cattle herd walks home along dry river bed in Tete Province, Mozambique

Cattle herd walks home along dry riverbed in Tete Province, Mozambique (photo: ILRI/Mann)

‘A researcher at the International Livestock Research Institute says climate change will have a great impact on Southern African livestock and coastal systems in future.

‘Mario Herrero says by 2050, [some] of Africa will have to revert to livestock farming from crop farming – due to climate change. . . .

‘Herrero advises farmers to manage water resources properly, change to alternative feeds and breed livestock that can adapt to the variable climatic conditions expected in future. . . .

‘Herrero maintains that investment in such adaptations will be crucial for the continued productivity and survival of agriculture in Southern Africa – in view of climate change.

‘He was addressing delegates at the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network’s annual general meeting in Windhoek on Tuesday.’

Read more at Namibian Broadcasting Corporation: Researcher at International Livestock Research Institute says climate change will have a great impact on Southern African livestock, 1 September 2010

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