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allholder breeding.

Amidst the on-going livestock revolution, breeding could become a major factor encouraging livestock pathways out of poverty. While genetic change has been a key driver of livestock development in the North for some 200 years, breeding promises even greater returns in the South today. Thats because whereas farmers in the North have been able to adapt the environment to suit their animals, few farmers in the South can afford to do the same, and so they are forced to adapt their animals to suit the environment.

With better and more appropriate breeds and species of farm animals, many of the 600-million-plus livestock keepers in poor countries will be able to produce more milk, more meat and more eggs for the fast-proliferating global livestock markets, thus pulling themselves and their families out of poverty.

Better breed management for smallholders further promises to lessen livestocks environmental footprint. Unlike farmers in the North, who feed their cattle and other ruminant animals largely on grain, similar stock keepers in the South have always relied on local feeds such as the stalks and other crop residues, roadside vegetation and communal grasslands. The scientific discussions in Nairobi will include ways in which smallholders can exploit these renewable resources more fully to support their increased livestock production.


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