This theme aim to fight nutrient deficiency by increasing productivity in animal production, find mechanisms to facilitate inclusion of poor smallholders in markets to ensure profitable sale of their products and develop animal production systems and markets that benefit women and young people.
Several million people in low-income countries, mainly women and children, suffer from low intake of high-value protein and trace elements. Among other negative effects, this causes nutrient deficiency, leading to impaired physical and cognitive development and to more than 20 percent of young children in low-income countries being malnourished. There is thus a great need to increase the amount of meat, milk, egg and fish in the diet, making these the most valuable agricultural products smallholders can produce. Livestock production and sale of livestock products is also an important way for farmers to increase their income.
Theme 4 consists of three parts:
- To increase productivity in animal production in order to improve food security, secure sustainable use of natural resources and reduce climate effects.
- To find mechanisms to facilitate inclusion of poor smallholders in markets to ensure profitable sale of their products.
- To develop animal production systems and markets that benefit women and young people.
This will be achieved by synthesis of scientific knowledge, knowledge exchange between low- and high-income countries and training courses.
Projects in Theme 4:
Theme 4 is interdisciplinary and covers all cross-cutting issues in the AgriFoSe 2030 programme: sustainable intensification of agriculture, the central role of women and young people in agriculture, and access to markets and value chains.
Theme leader is Associate Professor Sofia Boqvist. She is the external collaboration specialist in food safety and risk analysis at SLU. In addition, she is head of the microbiological subjects at the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health.
The Assistant Theme leader Elisabeth Lindahl Rajala is a veterinarian and in 2016 she received her PhD focusing on brucellosis among urban livestock in Tajikistan.