African animal agriculture: Grasping opportunities as a great livestock transition gets under way

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Presentation (above) and abstract (below) by Jimmy Smith 

ILRI director general Jimmy Smith made a keynote presentation at the 6th All African Conference on Animal Agriculture (AACAA), held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, in Nairobi, Kenya, 27–29 Oct 2014.

The slide presentation is above and a summary below.

Over the coming decades, global demand for animal-source foods is predicted to rise a great deal faster than that for crops, driven primarily by and in developing countries, where human populations are increasing and rising incomes and urbanization are driving changes in diets traditionally based on grains and tubers and now switching to include more milk, meat and eggs.

ILRI keynote at AACAA: Slide 3

Africa is outstanding in this regard, with recent estimates predicting milk demand to triple and consumption of monogastric products (pork, chicken meat and eggs) to increase by up to six-fold by 2050. Such unprecedented growth presents both opportunities and challenges for…

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