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Why livestock?

Livestock play a significant role in rural livelihoods and the economies of developing countries. They provide income and employment for 1.3 billion producers and others working in, sometimes complex, value chains. They are a crucial asset and safety net for the poor, especially for women and pastoralist groups, and they provide an important source of nourishment for billions of rural and urban households. These socio-economic roles and others, are increasing in importance as the sector grows due to increasing human populations, incomes, and urbanisation rates.

Demand for livestock products in developing countries is projected to double in the next forty years as a result of the drivers mentioned above. There is a need to ensure that the smallholder sector is able to respond to sustainably supply the volumes of livestock products required to meet the increased consumption, thus increasing their incomes, protecting their assets and consuming wholesome diets. We need a sustainable livestock revolution in action.

Therefore, understanding how the contribution of smallholders livestock farmers might evolve in the future is needed for better implementing poverty reduction and nutritional security strategies.