Intensification of livestock production

With population and income growth, demand for animal products has risen rapidly over the last 20 years. With the intensification of livestock production, global production of meat and eggs have risen by 127 percent and 331 percent respectively. This compares with a 78 percent increase in cereal production. But the risks of intensification - in the shape of animal disease epidemics and environmental degradation - can no longer be ignored.

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Afghanistan: chicken vaccination
FAO/18038/M. Griffin

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