Africa / ILRI / Livestock / PIL / PIM / Policy / Report

Investing in Africa’s livestock sector

Africa’s consumption of animal protein is skyrocketing. Most rural households are poor and keep livestock. Africa’s growth in demand for animal protein can provide major business opportunities and also greatly reduce poverty. Research shows that policies and investments should target both livelihood-oriented and business-oriented livestock keepers. Continue reading

Africa / Geodata / ILRI / Intensification / Interview / Markets / Niger / Pro-Poor Livestock / Project / Tanzania / Uganda

Africa’s livestock sector — good for business, good for the poor — held back by dearth of data

Livestock herding in Niger (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann). The African livestock sector should be booming. Demand for animal-source foods is rising exponentially here. By mid-century, meat and milk consumption on the continent are expected to increase by a whopping 145% and 155%, respectively, over 2005/07 levels. As demand for livestock foods rises, so do the … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Production / Event / ILRI / Policy / Pro-Poor Livestock / Project

Help Africa’s small-scale livestock producers tap growing markets for animal proteins—FAO livestock economists

Saulosi Tchinga is a potato, maize, soya, sheep and chicken farmer in central Malawi (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann). ‘The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Friday called on African governments to implement policies that will help the continent’s small livestock producers to tap the growing demand for animal proteins. ‘FAO Livestock Economist Uga Pica-Ciamarra told journalists … Continue reading