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GLEAM, a comprehensive life cycle assessment of livestock sector’s environmental impacts

The Global Livestock Environmental Assessment Model provides detailed data on animal numbers, production and emissions

Making the livestock sector more sustainable requires a detailed understanding of the origin and magnitude of its impacts. The GLEAM model simulates the key stages of animal production, from herd dynamics and manure management to feed production and processing for the six most relevant species: cattle, buffaloes, sheep, goats, pigs and poultry. [...]

Traders preparing to load goats and sheep for export onto a truck in Somalia - Photo: ©AFP/Simon MainaSomalia registers record exports of 5 million livestock in 2014

Long-term sector investment boosts country’s trade with Gulf States. Somalia in 2014 exported a record 5 million livestock to markets in the Gulf of Arabia thanks to heavy investments in animal disease prevention backed by the European Union and the United Kingdom. [...]

Milk cows in Saudi Arabia. Dairy prices fell in April - Photo: ©FAO/Franco MattioliFAO predicts worldf ood import bill to fall to five-year low

Food prices continue to decline in April amid hefty supply levels of basic agricultural commodities. Worldwide production of beef is expected to grow only 0.2 percent in the coming year, while output of all meat grows by 1.3 percent [...]



  • Boitshepo Giyose, Senior Nutrition Officer at FAOPeople don't eat nutrients, they eat food. Nutrition is much more than eating nutrients. It's a complex issue that needs to be tackled by different perspectives [...]
  • coverEmergency cattle vaccination campaign in Lebanon. Concerns over the spread of high impact transboundary animal diseases are mounting in Lebanon [...]


  • ©FAOSeveral hundred million people are pastoralists, mostly in Africa and Asia. Pastoralists produce more than half of the agricultural GDP in some countries; this includes products such as livestock sales, meat, milk, hair and hides [...]


from the field

  • coverA tribute to the work of the Joint FAO/IAEA Division for the Control and Eradication of Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) [Read more]
  • coverWorld Malaria Day: How a Nuclear Technique Could Provide a Future Method for Mosquito Control [Read more]

in action

  • ©FAOExploring new tools against Rift Valley Fever (RVF) in the Horn of Africa and Middle East [...]

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