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Date:11/5/2007

The recent steep hikes in prices for livestock foods as well as staple crops and grains could cause millions more people to go hungryor they could boost incomes around the globe. One unlikely determining factor is a relatively small group of scientists working on ways the worlds small-scale farmers can enhance the breeding potential of their farm animals.

As being reported in mass media, global grain stockpiles are being drawn down to their tightest levels in three decades. In just the last 12 months, the world market price for milk has more than doubled from some USD28 per 100kg to over USD60. What is behind these rising prices are structural changes that indicate that the high prices are here to stay. The worry for people in the North is that they are having to pay more for their food. The worry for two billion people in the South, 850 million of whom are already hungry as well as poor, is that they cant afford to buy staple foods.

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is convening a meeting in Nairobi 89 November 2007 to address how the rising prices for livestock foods can help rather than hurt the worlds poor.

WHO: Carlos Ser, Director General, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
Hon. Noah Wekesa, Minister of Science and Technology, Kenya

WHAT: John Vercoe Conference: Animal breeding for poverty alleviation: Harnessing science for greater impact

WHEN: 8 November 2007
8:159:00 AM: Registration
9:0010:30 AM: Keynote Speeches
10:3011:00 AM: Press conference with expert panel

WHERE: John Vercoe Conference Hall, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
Old Naivasha Road, near Uthiru, Nairobi, Kenya

The participating experts in animal science, including leading breeders from Africa, Asia and Latin America, will pull together the latest scientific thinking in a range of fields to formulate a new framework for improving sm
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Contact: Grace Ndungu
g.ndungu@cgiar.org
254-722-890-551
Burness Communications
Source:Eurekalert

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