Valuation of livestock eco-agri-food systems: poultry, beef and dairy

Baltussen, W.; Achterbosch, T.; Arets, E.; Blaeij, A. de; Erlenborn, N.; Fobelets, V.; Galgani, P.; Groot Ruiz, A. de; Hardwicke, R.; Hiemstra, S.J.; Horne, P. van; Karachalios, O.A.; Kruseman, G.; Lord, R.; Ouweltjes, W.; Tarin Robles, M.; Vellinga, T.; Verkooijen, L.


As input for the TEEBAgriFood study, TEEB asked for a series of studies on livestock, rice, palm oil, inland fisheries and agro-forestry. This report deals with livestock production and aims to improve decision-making in livestock production policies, to enhance its viability, not just economically but also socially and environmentally. Livestock sector is important because they have high externalities and it is expected that livestock consumption will be 76% higher in 2050 compared to 2005 (Alexandratos and Bruisma, 2012) because of population growth, income growth, urbanization and preference shifts. This report aims to provide evidence that will help to identify policy options for the transition towards increased food security with sustainable livestock production systems, with particular emphasis on the role of smallholder farmers.