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Livestock in Food Security is now available

Livestock in Food Security is the first of the biennial World Livestock series published by the Animal Production and Health Division.


Food security is one of the most pressing problems of the present day - ensuring that sufficient, safe food is produced in a sustainable way and that all who need food can have access to it, even when volatile economies and natural disasters make already uncertain livelihoods even more unstable.


Although much has been said about livestock's role in achieving food security, this very complex topic has never previously been summarised within one document. Recognizing that food security is central to international development, this report tells the story of livestock and food security from three perspectives.


It begins by presenting a global overview, examining the role that livestock play in human nutrition, the world food supply and access to food particularly for poor families.


Next it moves from the global level to a human perspective, examining the way in which livestock contributes to the food security of three different human populations – livestock-dependent societies, small-scale mixed farmers and urban dwellers.


The final part of the report looks to the future. It discusses the expected demand for livestock source food and the way that increased demand can be met with ever more limited resources. It reviews the drivers that led to the livestock revolution, how these have changed and what the implications will be for livestock contributing to resilient food systems of the future.


Livestock in Food Security is free downloadable.


Hard copies can be ordered clicking here. French and Spanish versions will be available soon.