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While the demand for livestock-derived foods is rising fast across Africa and Asia, driven largely by population growth in Africa and rising incomes in Asia, it remains low by western standards. This publication by ILRI addresses opportunities for the livestock sectors in developing countries over the next years.

The report Meat: the Future series - Options for the Livestock Sector in Developing and Emerging Economies to 2030 and Beyond was released by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in January 2019. Published under the auspices of the World Economic Forum’s Shaping the Future of Food initiative, which focuses on how to develop inclusive, sustainable and nutritious food systems, ILRI’s paper addresses opportunities for the livestock sector to sustainably meet the growing demand for animal-sourced foods in developing and emerging economies in the future.

The paper focuses on four critical issues related to livestock in the developing world:
• the continuing rapid growth of demand for animal-sourced foods, especially in Africa and Asia;
• the multiple roles that livestock play, not just as food but as ‘living animal assets,’ essential livelihoods and critical nutritional sources;
• the pros and cons for development of the four main pathways by which that growing demand is likely to be met;
• the many issues that stakeholders within and beyond the livestock sector need to address to ensure that all of the world’s people today and in the future are fed in ways that are sustainable, safe, equitable and healthy.

While the potential harms of raising livestock and consuming meat, milk, and eggs are frequently discussed in the Western media, their benefits for people in developing countries get less attention.

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