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Opinion paper: A regional feed action plan – one-of-a-kind example from East Africa

Opinion paper: A regional feed action plan – one-of-a-kind example from East Africa
May 2020

Animal feed and feeding impacts almost all services and operation of the livestock sector, and the sustainability of this sector hinges on how animal feed is produced and fed. Most regions in the developing world have a good natural resource base, favorable conditions and reasonably good availability of ingredients for animal feeds; however, the lack of national animal feed policy, strategy and institutional framework to support the animal feed sector are the major constraints, hindering the feed sector growth. Livestock sector development strategies are operational in several countries, but they neglect the feed sector, resulting in poor impact in terms of increase in farmers’ income and overall sustainability of the livestock sector.

This paper, published by Cambridge University Press, puts forward a case for formulation of a regional animal feed action plan (RAFAP) and highlights its potential benefits. 

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