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FAO launches the Africa Sustainable Livestock 2050 Initiative in Egypt

@FAO-EG participants at the event with FAO Representative in Egypt

Cairo: 23 May 2017

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations,  launched  the Africa Sustainable Livestock 2050 (ASL 2050) Initiative in Egypt involving representatives from the Ministry for Agriculture and Land Reclamation, the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Health and Population and the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS). The initiative is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

 The initiative aims to engage Egyptian stakeholders, to generate evidence based for revamping and refining current livestock development efforts, to ensure a sustainable development trajectory for the sector and make it fully consistent with the Sustainable Agricultural Development Strategy (SADS)2030. It focuses on selected livestock commodities, describing current livestock systems and those predicted in 2050, and identifies the challenges they will encounter. The initiative will also develop and agree on policy options for actions that will ensure a sustainable development of livestock in the next 30-40 years.

 In his opening speech, Hussein Gadain, FAO representative in Egypt said: ”Africa Sustainable Livestock 2050 provides an opportunity to further focus our attention on the Egyptian livestock sector by facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogue and consultation at national level to identify the major challenges associated with a fast growing population  and their food security needs”. “ASL 2050 builds on the evidence that in the next decades, the demand for animal source foods will grow rapidly in Egypt and in other African countries due to growth in human population, increasing consumer purchasing power and urbanization” he added.

 According to CAPMAS data, Egypt’s population is expected to grow by 65% in the next three decades reaching 150 million in 2050. This necessitates more food production specially for the urban population who are expected to consume more high-quality foods, and in particular meat, milk and eggs.

 Gadain concluded his speech with: “FAO will make every effort to support the smooth and effective implementation of ASL 2050, not only for the benefits of the Egyptian people, but also to draw on lessons learned from this programme and to roll them out throughout the entire Near East and Northern Africa (NENA) region and the African continent. I believe that this project, will strongly support achievement of the Egyptian Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) or Vision 2030 and UN 2030 agenda (SDGs) as well as Africa Vision 2063”.

 In his part, Dr. Tarek Suleiman, Head of Livestock and Poultry Development Sector at Ministry for Agriculture and Land Reclamation, said :” MALR have coordinated more efforts to reduce the gaps of animal and poultry products through short-term plans and long-term strategies and create the appropriate climate with all bodies and ministries responsible for the sustainable development of livestock to remove any difficulties”

 Dr. Lotfi Allal, Team Leader of the FAO Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) said:” As a response, Egyptian producers and other value chain actors will make significant investments in livestock farming systems and value chains and the government is rightly supporting their efforts. The impact of these investments on people’s livelihoods, public health and the environment will be significant, as the large share of rural households depend on livestock for their livelihoods”.

 It is worth mentioning here that, ASL2050 is a policy initiative that is implemented in six African countries, including Egypt, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda, under the umbrella of the FAO component of the USAID funded “Emerging Pandemic Threat 2” Programme.

 Since approximately 75% of new emerging human infectious diseases are originated from animals, ASL2050 aims to understand the long-term (2050) dynamics of the livestock sector and their impact on public health, the environment, and livelihoods and promote improvements in the national policy framework for livestock stakeholders, including national governments, to be  ready to deal with the emerging challenges associated with a fast-growing livestock sector.


23/05/2017

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