Livestock for Africa’s food security: Sydney launch of Australian International Food Security Centre

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Cattle in Africa (photo on Flickr by Jeff Haskins).

Last November (2012), Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), took part in a conference, Food Security in Africa: Bridging Research and Practice, held in Sydney, Australia, to launch the Australian International Food Security Centre (AIFSC). At the conference, the AIFSC announced an AUS$15-million Australia–Canada Research Program on Agriculture and Food Security.

Smith was one of the conference speakers. He spoke of the importance of livestock in achieving a balanced diet for 9 billion people by mid-century. Most of the world’s meat, milk and cereals, he said, comes from developing-country livestock-based production systems, where 80% of the poor keep livestock, which contribute at least one-third of annual household income; where small amounts of livestock foods have great impact on the cognitive development of children and on people’s health and well-being; and where women have a large…

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About Dr. B. A. USMAN

I started as a field Veterinary officer with the Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, maiduguri as a lecture & a researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I'm currently the Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) NAFDAC, Nigeria. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I'm a practicing Veterinarian & Strong Advocate of #SDGs most especially #SDGs 1, 2, 4 & 5 I founded Sril Group Ltd.
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