|Peri-urban livestock production for the poor|
Azage Tegegne, ILRI
It has been estimated that by the year 2015, more than half of the world's population will be living in urban areas. Of the nine cities projected to have populations exceeding 20 million, eight will be in developing countries. And, although agriculture has traditionally been associated with rural areas, millions of people are now engaged in some form of urban farming, whether tending home gardens or working in livestock, aquaculture, forestry or greenhouse operations.
Livestock is an area that has grown up without any intervention from Ministries or outside agencies. And the fact that it has grown so fast, and extensively, shows that it is meeting a need. But, it has now come to the stage where communities, cities and governments need to develop a policy. Otherwise there will be repercussions for not only the environment but also for the people themselves, particularly the poor. This interview explores some of these issues.