A new FAO study reports that more than 85 per cent of poor livestock keepers in sub-Saharan Africa live in extreme poverty; here, at a Toureg encampment near Fakara, in Niger, a boy herds a prized animal, and asset, of his family (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann).
A new book on the intersection of poverty reduction and livestock development from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) begins with this epigraph, a quote by Philip Mellor, retired professor of Pirbright’s Institute of Animal Health, in the UK:
All too often livestock are seen as something prosperous people consume, not something poor people produce.
FAO’s partners in the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and other pro-poor research and development organizations would agree, and add that the other fact often forgotten in the West is that the world’s undernourished people should be eating as well as producing livestock foods.
FAO’s new book,
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