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Healthy animals equals healthy, productive people Lorne A Babiuk University of Alberta Livestock-based options for sustainable food and nutritional security, economic well-being and healthy lives [email protected] Conference

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Presented by Lorne Babiuk (University of Alberta) at the [email protected] Conference, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 6–7 November 2014


  • 1. Healthy animals equalshealthy, productive peopleLorne A BabiukUniversity of AlbertaLivestock-based options for sustainable food and nutritionalsecurity, economic well-being and healthy [email protected] ConferenceAddis Ababa, Ethiopia, 67 November 2014

2. Global challenges Currently 1 billion people go to bed hungry By 2050 predict 2 billion more people Land resources decreasing Climate change Agriculture investments decreased in 2000 Increase in food prices Increased need for protein Developing world increased demand foranimal protein 3. Global Challenges (cont.) Livestock are a reliable cash income Raise production of milk, meat and fish 500 million smallholders support 2 billionpeople Almost 2/3 of poor smallholder livestockkeepers are women Technology adoption may be a challenge butalso a saviour Healthy animals = healthy food = healthyproductive people = increased economicstability 4. Gains in meat consumption in developingcountries are outpacing those of developedFAO 2006 5. 70% of the worlds livestock (18.5 billion head) are in developingcountries and the share is growingFAOLivestock in developing countries 6. Livestock keepers in developing countriesOne billion people earning