Reducing Enteric Methane for improving food security and livelihoods

South Asia

  • With only 6 percent of the world’s agricultural land, the region hosts one-quarter of the global population, and livestock is one of the main economic activities, accounting for about 30 percent of the regional agriculture GDP.
  • The region has almost 20 percent of the global cattle stocks and produces 14 percent of the global cattle milk production.
  • Milk represents about 80 percent of total animal food supply and contributes to 5 and 14 percent of the total daily calorie and protein intake, respectively.
  • Dairy farming can provide regular returns to farmers, enhance household nutrition and food security and create off-farm employment for the millions of smallholder producers in the region. 


Socio-economic importance of dairy sector