Africa Sustainable Livestock 2050

What we do

ASL2050 investigates the known and unknown factors that will shape the future of African livestock - such as population growth, changing consumers' preferences, technology acceleration and adoption, climate change, big data and greater global connectivity - to generate evidence on emerging livestock-related opportunities and challenges for society. This allows designing policies that, while tapping into coming opportunities, also effectively deal with the anticipated public health, social and environmental challenges.

ASL2050 adopts a multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder approach, that is a One Health approach. It operates in Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda. Activities are implemented under the guidance of a National Steering Committee comprising representatives of the Ministries in charge of livestock, public health and the environment, and in regular consultation with a multitude of other stakeholders. ASL2050 activities comprises three major milestones:

  • The characterization of current livestock production systems and an assessment of their impact on public health, the environment and livelihoods.
  • The formulation of long-term (2050) livestock scenarios to anticipate emerging livestock-related opportunities, threats and challenges.

  • The identification of policy actions to take today to ensure a sustainable livestock sector in the long-term.

ASL2050 is sponsored by USAID and is implemented under the umbrella of the FAO Emerging Pandemic Threat Initiative (EPT-2) and in close cooperation with national governments; the FAO Regional Office for Africa (RAF); the FAO Country Offices; the FAO Emerging Centre for Transboundary Animal Disease (ECTAD); and the FAO Global Perspective Studies Team (GPS).