ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has reiterated
that it would continue supporting Africa’s livestock sector.
Speaking at a
workshop that launched a project dubbed Africa Sustainable Livestock 2050
(ASL2050), Patrick Kormawa, FAO Sub-regional Coordinator for Eastern Africa,
noted that Livestock, which is one of the fastest growing agricultural sectors
in Africa, is a major component of FAO’s program on the continent.
partnership with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and six
African countries, FAO on Thursday launched the ASL2050 project towards
sustainable and productive livestock in Africa.
is also FAO Representative to the AU and UNECA, has noted that FAO works in
Africa based on Africa’s priorities and commitments, such as the Comprehensive
Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and the Malabo declaration, as
well as by country priorities.
that livestock is a major component of FAO’s program in Africa, Kormawa has
expressed FAO’s continued support to African projects and programmes in the
sector towards sustainable and productive livestock on the continent.
data from the FAO Global Perspective Studies Unit, it is estimated that by 2050,
the meat market will be 34.8 million tones and the milk market is projected at
82.6 million tones, an increase of 145 and 155 percent respectively over 2005-07
levels, noted the official.
period, Africa’s increase in volume of meat consumed will be on a par with that
of the developed world and that of Latin America, with only South and Southeast
Asia anticipated to have higher growth, according to Kormawa.
respect, policy and institutional reforms should be developed, building on solid
data and evidence based analysis, to ensure that the opportunities generated by
the growing market for animal-sourced foods translates into widespread benefits
for the populace, including livestock producers, other actors along value
chains, as well as for consumers,” he said.
challenging because of the heterogeneity and complexity of the livestock sector
and, in particular, because of the negative effects that the livestock sector
can have on society, notably through zoonotic diseases; contaminated animal
source foods; pollution of soil, water and air; and loss of biodiversity,” he
newly launched ASL2050 project in addressing the complexities in Africa’s
livestock sector, the official said FAO would make every effort to support the
smooth and effective implementation of the project towards benefiting the entire
(ASL2050) allows us to take a long term perspective on livestock development; it
allows us to identify major challenges as well as opportunities associated with
the long-term development of livestock; it allows us to identify priority
actions, policies and investments needed now, to ensuring healthy and
sustainable livestock systems in the future,” he noted.
Project launched towards sustainable livestock
ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
A project towards sustainable and productive livestock in Africa
is launched on Thursday, by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in
partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
and six African countries.
dubbed Africa Sustainable Livestock 2050 (ASL2050), aims to facilitate dialogue,
knowledge sharing and consultation among livestock, health and environment
stakeholders in order to identify opportunities and threats associated with the
long-term development of livestock.
It also aims
to agree upon priority reforms and investments to create the capacity needed to
ensure a sustainable development of the livestock sector in the next three or
includes six African governments: Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria
and Uganda, which are anticipated to experience major expansion and
intensification in their livestock systems in the coming decades, according to
to facilitate a dialogue between countries, ministries, and specialists to help
Africa prepare for the changes, building the capacity to maximize benefits and
will facilitate dialogue between livestock, environment, livelihoods and public
ministries of the six African countries to identify actions that can be taken
now to ensure sustainable and productive livestock sector while protecting the
environment and public health.
the launching ceremony in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, Patrick Kormawa, FAO
Sub-regional Coordinator for Eastern Africa, noted that FAO would make every
effort to support the smooth and effective implementation of ASL2050.
ASL2050 is a complex project which looks beyond current policies and programs,
and requires inputs from multiple sectors, it will require a one-health approach
that utilizes expertise from multiple disciplines,” said Kormawa, who is also
FAO Representative to the AU and UNECA.
that the presence of representatives from ministries responsible for livestock,
health and environment, as well as FAO and other organizations indicates a clear
intent for ASL2050 to build strong collaborative partnerships across sectors to
support sustainable and healthy livestock systems for the countries.
Regional Office for Africa based in Ghana, and the FAO Sub-regional Office for
Eastern Africa, based in Addis Ababa, will make every effort to support the
smooth and effective implementation of ASL2050, not only for the benefits of the
countries present here today, but to draw on lessons learned from this program
and to roll them out throughout the entire Africa continent,” he said.
Ethiopian Minister of Livestock and Fishery, said the project provides
opportunity to share expertise and experiences between ministries and countries
towards building a sustainable livestock sector in coming decades.
looking forward to partnering with USAID and FAO to examine our livestock
systems now, and realize the potential they have for the future through the
sustainable implementation of the (country’s) Livestock Master Plan,” said the
African economy in the next 20 and 30 years is expected to continue to grow
fast, meat, egg and diary consumption at household level will significantly
increase on the continent, which in turn provides opportunity for the growth of
livestock sector, but also poses challenges for public health and environmental
protection, according to a joint release by FAO and USAID.
for milk, meat and eggs is going to double, triple and even quadruple in some
African countries, according to Leslie Reed, Director of USAID Ethiopia Mission.
ASL2050, we are going to collaborate with governments to work out how to build
the foundations for this change, so that African farmers and consumers will be
better off,” said Reed.
livestock means more feed is needed, and land use will change. This presents
some challenges for the environment that we need to start preparing now,” she
It was noted
on the occasion that ASL2050 will also anticipate long-term public health risks
such as unexpected disease spread from livestock to humans, and identify
policies or procedures to implement now that can reduce the risks in the future.