Concluding panel with (l.t.r.) Doris Lange (DAFA), Stefan Schmitz (BMZ), Ulrike Höfken (Minister), Gudrun Henne (Viveka International), Henning Steinfeld (FAO), and Karin Schwabenbauer (BMELV).

21.09.2012

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The League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development convened the „Livestock Futures“ conference at the beginning of September in Bonn/Germany attended by some 70 participants from 16 countries who discussed the prospects of smallholder livestock production all over the world. Focus was on the potential of small-scale livestock-keeping in contributing to global food security, poverty alleviation programmes and the issue of how the political framework conditions can secure the survival of family enterprises.

The chief recommendations drawn up by the conference included that the environmental and societal damaged caused by industrialised livestock production systems must be internalised in price setting. This is an essential basis if fair competition conditions are ever to be created. Moreover, the social and ecological contributions of small farmers must be recognised. Many of these contributions first have to be measured and valorised, they include environmental and climate protection, major inputs to culture, tourism and local labour markets and the enhanced regional resistance capacity in times of famine disasters But even currently measurable contributions that small-scale producers make to food security are still being ignored. Especially in arid regions of the world where land cannot be put to other uses, the small-scale livestock sector is responsible for the largest share of animal production, making up 30 percent of world production.

Representatives of governmental and non-governmental organisations agreed that on a global scale, industrial systems receive the majority of political support and market deregulation is at the expense of small-scale producers.

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