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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