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Use of livestock resources for food security in the light of climate change

Published: 22 May 2017

Livestock are essential for food and nutrition security in sub-Saharan Africa. They serve multiple purposes and are economically important.

Livestock contribute with 20–40% of agricultural gross domestic product (GDP) – in some countries, up to 80%. Globally, by 2050, food production of animal origin is expected to double, to meet rising demand due to population growth and increased consumption in developing countries.

Sub-Saharan Africa has a great deal of livestock, but productivity is generally low. Climate change is expected to create new challenges, such as increased prevalence of diseases, heat stress, and reduced access to feed and water due to increased temperatures and more extreme weather conditions.


Read more in this policy brief based on an international seminar “Livestock Resources for Food Security in the Light of Climate Change”, held in March 2016 at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in collaboration between SIANI, SLU Global and SLU’s Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics.

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Margarita CuadraCommunicator SIANI-SLU Global theme
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