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Africa Sustainable Livestock 2050 (ASL2050)


In the next 30-40 years the demand for animal source foods will grow rapidly in the African continentdue to growth in human population, increasing consumer purchasing power and urbanization. As a response, producers and other value chain actors will make significant investments in livestock farming systems and value chains. The impact of these investments on people’s livelihoods, public health and the environment will be significant, as the majority share of rural households depend on livestock for their livelihoods; approximately 75 percent of new emerging human infectious diseases are zoonotic; and livestock contribute about 14.5 percent to all human-induced greenhouse gas emissions. The future of African livestock will influence the development trajectory of the African continent as whole.

Africa Sustainable Livestock 2050 is an FAO project funded by USAID. It facilitates dialogue, knowledge sharing and consultation among livestock, health and environment stakeholders in order to (i) identify opportunities and threats associated with the long-term development of livestock, and (ii) to agree upon priority reforms and investments, and the capacity needed for their implementation, to ensure sustainable development of the livestock sector in the next three or four decades. This development will improve people’s livelihoods, providing income, food and employment; it will improve public health, through one-health investments that tackle the emergence and spread of zoonotic diseases as well as antimicrobial resistance; and it will address environmental degradation and climate change, and sustain biodiversity.

ASL2050 is currently collaborating with the following six African governments: Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda. ASL2050 will facilitate dialogue and consultation among national and regional stakeholders to:

  • Collect quantitative and qualitative information on current and future livestock systems and their effects on public health, livelihoods and the environment;
  • Interpret data and information to formulate future scenarios;
  • Develop and agree upon alternative policy options for action that ensure a sustainable development of livestock in the next 30-40 years;
  • Identify capacity gaps and needs for national and regional governments to implement and operationalize selected policy options for sustainable development of the livestock sector in the long-term.